No fewer than 13 people out of 115 infected by lassa fever have been confirmed dead in Edo State.
The state Commissioner for Health, Akoria Obehi, who made this known in the state capital, said that said that efforts have been intensified to arrest the disease across all communities in the state.
“We have confirmed eight new cases of Lassa fever in Edo State, raising the total number of confirmed cases in the state to 115.”
The commissioner said that 40 persons, including 26 adults and 14 children, are presently receiving treatment at the Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital.
He said that although the state is adequately prepared and equipped to handle reported cases of Lassa fever, there is a necessity for residents to take precautionary measures to complement the government’s efforts by complying with all laid down protocols against the spread of the disease.
She advised residents experiencing symptoms such as severe headache, vomiting and high fever to report to the nearest health care centre for diagnosis and treatment.
She advised residents who have been in contact with confirmed Lassa fever patients or suspect any symptoms to reach out to the disease surveillance or notification officers within their local government areas.