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Lassa fever claims one in Ebonyi

Ebonyi State government has closed down Saint Vincent Hospital Igbeagu in Izzi Local Government Area of the state following the death of a suspected Lassa fever patient in the facility.

A statement by the Special Assistant to Governor David Umahi on Media, Mr Francis Nwaeze directs the State Ministry of Health to ensure immediate evacuation of all patients and staff of the Hospital for medical examination at the South East Virology Centre Abakaliki.

According to the statement, the Commissioner for Health and relevant agencies had been directed to trace and quarantine family members of two reported cases at the South East Virology Centre Abakaliki.

Radio Nigeria’s correspondent gathered that the two index cases were two siblings who were admitted in the hospital for fever related ailments.

Amechi Odo

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