Nursing mothers are more prone to Lassa Fever Infection


 
 
If you have not heard or read this information in the news, Lassa Fever has killed five people in Rivers and Taraba states in the last one week.

 
According to the Rivers state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Theophilus Odagme, the deadly fever killed a nursing mother and her two-week-old baby in Port Harcourt, the state capital.
 
 
 
Experts say that pregnant women, nursing mothers and infants are at a great risk of losing their lives to the disease if left untreated.
 
 
 
Chief Virologist, Dr. Olumide Adunbarin, who defines Lassa fever as an acute viral infection caused by the Lassa virus, notes that the mortality rates among pregnant women in their third trimester is particularly very high.
 
 
 
Adunbarin says, “Pregnant women, nursing mothers and their babies are at a higher risk of dying of this disease. The death rates for women in the third trimester of pregnancy are particularly high. Spontaneous abortion may also occur in a pregnant woman.”
 
 
 

Credit: Punch Newspaper

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