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LASSA FEVER: LUTH discharges 150 Infected Personnel, 40 under Surveillance

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LASSA FEVER: LUTH discharges 150 Infected Personnel, 40 under Surveillance

Lagos University Teaching Hospital, LUTH on Thursday announced that it had discharged 150 of its personnel that were placed under surveillance after detecting traces of the Lassa fever virus following an outbreak that left two persons dead and five doctors infected.

In a statement released by the Chairman Medical Advisory Committee, CMAC, Prof Olufemi Fasanmade, it was stated that the five infected doctors had been successfully treated and discharged.

Fasanmade also noted that the last infected doctor was discharged a week ago.

“With the collaboration and support of the National Centre for Disease Control, CDC, the Lagos State Ministry of Health and the Federal Ministry of Health, the contributions from the Ebola Containment Trust Fund, the five were all treated successfully and over 150 personnel have completed their surveillance (monitoring).

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“Presently, less than 40 remain under monitoring and hopefully these remaining shall complete their follow up and that will put an end to the outbreak of this deadly disease,” he stated.

He further appreciated all hospital volunteers including nurses, doctors, laboratory staff and other support staff for selflessly dedicating themselves to the care of the patients. The Chairman Medical Advisory Committee also advised Nigerians to maintain good personal and environmental hygiene as well as eliminate the rats in their houses.

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Rat control measures should be adopted for our environment and all food items should be kept in rat-proof, lidded containers. Patients who have a fever should always see their doctors and be promptly referred if suspected to be Lassa,” he added.

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