There is panic in Plateau State following the state government’s confirmation of the outbreak of Lassa Fever which has already claimed one life in the state.
The government also confirmed that the deadly fever has been noticed in five local governments of the state namely; Jos North, Mangu, Langtang South, Pankshin and Shendam LGA respectively.
State Commissioner for Health Dr, Kuden Kamshak, disclosed yesterday in Jos, the state capital.
“The state government has established Disease Survellance and Notification Officers (DSNO) in each of the 17 local governments in the state to monitor and manage the health challenge.
“We are also working with medical experts from the Who Health Organisation, WHO, who are assisting the state to curb the spread. As you are all aware, the Federal Ministry of Health has confirmed that the country has been experiencing Lassa Fever outbreak in the past few weeks in some states including Bauchi, Nassarawa, Niger, Taraba, Kano, Rivers, Edo and Oyo States respectively.
“Lassa fever is a Zoonotic disease, which means that human beigns became infected by contact with infected animals. The animal host of the virus is rodent (rat) and the animal used to shed the virus through its urine and faeces.
Dr. Kamshak also said, “Lassa fever is always difficult to distinguish from other viral hemorrhagic fevers like Ebola virus and other diseases that causes fever.
“The symptom is usually gradual, starting from fever, general body weakness and malaise. After a few days headache, sore throat, chest pain, muscle pain, nausea, diarrhoea, abdominal pain and cough may follow.
“When it became severe, facial swelling, bleeding through mouth, nose, ear, anus, genital will occur,” he said urging citizens not to panic but remain calm and vigilant, and to promptly report to the nearest healthcare facility once its symptoms are noticed.
He also warned residents to clear their homes and surroundings of rats, maintain good sanitary habit and keep cats at home to keep off rats.

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