First Lassa Fever Death in Abuja
Hmmn! Abuja is not spared in this outbreak!
One person has died from Lassa Fever in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja, taking deaths from the virus countrywide to 43, the health minister said on Wednesday.
The victim, the first to succumb to the virus in the capital, died in the National Hospital in central Abuja, a day after being transferred from a private medical centre in the suburb of Kubwa, Isaac Adewole said in a statement from his office.
The 33-year-old from the central city of Jos had recently married and been in Kubwa to visit family, he added.
“The minister has directed that all primary and secondary contacts of the victim should be tracked”, including healthcare staff, and vigilance increased, the statement said.
“The latest death from Lassa fever brings the total number of deaths to 43 in the country from 10 states.”