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One dies of Lassa Fever in Benue

Benue State government has confirmed the death of one person as a result of Viral Hemorrhagic Fever, popularly known as Lassa Fever.

The state also recorded one index case of Lassa Fever, bringing the total number of deaths recorded nationwide to 17 persons, while index cases have risen to 61.

This was contained in the statement Dr Sunday Ongbagbo on behalf of the state Commissioner of Health and Human Services in Makurdi on Monday.

The statement partly read: “This is to alert members of the public that there is an outbreak of Viral Hemorrhagic Fever (Lassa Fever) in the neighbouring states of Taraba, Nasarawa and Plateau, among the 19 states of the Federation since August 2019, to date.

“So far, 60 confirmed cases with 16 deaths have been recorded nationally.

“Benue has confirmed one index case as of September 14, 2019, with one death. The combined surveillance team has already visited to comb the (affected) area for contact tracing.”

The ministry also assured that “Surveillance team from the state Ministry of Health (SMoH) are on the field to comb the area (health facility, residence of index cases and office environment.”

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