Ogun State government said it has placed 19 people including a female undergraduate student of Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNNAB) under contact watch of Lassa fever in Ogun state.
Addressing a press conference yesterday in Abeokuta, the state capital, the state Commissioner for Health, Babtunde Ipaye said the undergraduate had contact with the index case of Lagos recorded in Ahmadiyyah Hospital in Ojokoro area of the state.
According to him, the 18 other cases are workers of the same hospital but reside in Ogun State.
Ipaye said the undergraduate whose name was kept secret has been given thermometer to monitor her temperature while other cases have a Disease Surveillance and Notification officers attached to each of them.
The Commissioner explained that two suspected cases of Lassa Fever were reported last week in the state but that clinical examinations did not support the fever.
Ipaye explained that the first case of a seven year old boy who started vomiting blood after a day old fever was reported in General Hospital, Ijaye in Abeokuta but was treated and responded to anti-malaria and other antibiotics.
He also said that another suspected case of a 10 year old girl who travelled from Kaduna but started passing dark stool is under examination and expecting the result of clinical examination.
He said, “As a state, we are being extremely proactive, we do not have a confirmed case of Lassa Fever in Ogun State, but in the last three days, we have two reported suspected cases, but I need to let you know that none of these cases has been confirmed to be Lassa fever.
“I also wish to state that the nineteen primary contacts with the index case of Lagos are under monitor through our active surveillance system.
“We’ve kept vigilance of them for 12 days, as you are aware, the incubation period of Lassa Fever is 21 days, we still have about 9 days to keep a close look at them but I need to let you know that in the lady’s 12 – 14 days situation, we’ve not seen any symptoms in these 19 primary contacts.
He explained that the state has developed an Epidemic Preparedness Strategy by setting up two isolation centers in Iberekodo area of Abeokuta and a facility in Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital.

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