Ebonyi State government has confirmed the death of a 10-year-old primary school pupil from Igbeagu in Izzi Local Government Area of the state from Lassa fever.
The state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Daniel Umezuruike who confirmed this to journalists, said the incident took place last weekend after the deceased was discharged from Federal Teaching Hospital, Abakaliki.
Dr. Umezuruike said that the deceased’s parents were based in Abuja but that the report before them did not show that the deceased travelled to meet with his parents in recent times.
He also explained that the 10-year-old was not rushed to the hospital immediately he became sick, which made him to be deeply affected by the disease, but added that the deceased responded to treatment only to die after he was discharged.
“But unfortunately, he died the same day he was discharged. His case was surprising because the hospital thought he was all right after being treated; but before he was discharged we had already taken his sample which came out positive,” he said.
Dr. Umezuruike also confirmed that the case was the second Lassa fever case recorded in the state.
The first person was a student of Ebonyi State University, Abakaliki.
He pointed out, however, that his ministry had embarked on serious surveillance and contact tracing of close associates of the last victim to enable them curtail the spread of the disease in the state.