Lassa fever Kill Four In Plateau

Yakubu Busari  Jos

Rodents spread Lassa Virus through urine and droppings 


The Plateau state state commissioner of health, Dr kudan kumshak has confirmed the death of four out of the 22 persons suspected to have being infected with Lassa fever in the state.

The commissioner said that 22 suspected cases were taken for sample out of which 13 were later confirmed to have the virus while 4 have died of the disease.

Dr   Kumshak further explained that the remaining patients being managed at Bingham hospital and the University Teaching Hospital are responding to treatment.

He said the primary contacts are being monitored by a surveillance team while the outbreak is currently prevalent in Jos South, Bassa, Shendam and Riyom Local Government Areas of the state.

With the resurgence of the disease the federal government has activated emergency response centres in the country.

According to the Director General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control NCDC Dr Chukwee Ehiquazu who disclosed this information in a statement recently in Jos, the Epidemiological Data shows that the trend usually occurs during the dry season, between January and April.

He said government is working hard to bring the situation under control.