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Kano Gov. confirms outbreak of Lassa fever

The Kano state government has confirmed the outbreak of Lassa fever disease in the state.

The commissioner for health, Dr Aminu Ibrahim Tsanyawa stated this during a media briefing held in Kano.

He revealed that on the 20th January 2020, the Kano state ministry for health was notified by the Tarauni local government area disease surveillance and Notification officer, of three suspected Lassa fever cases, which consist of two medical doctors and a nurse.

Dr Aminu Ibrahim Tsanyawa explained that on the twenty-first of this month the state government was notified by Gaduwa reference laboratory in Abuja that two of the aforementioned suspected cases were confirmed positive for Lassa fever.

He maintained that the index case was a 28-year-old pregnant woman from Gwale local government area becomes sick two weeks after the death of her mother, who was referred from a private hospital to Aminu Kano teaching hospital.

Tsanyawa noted that the Lassa fever case was managed by numerous Health care professionals including the two late Doctors, saying more than 292 contacts have so far been line listed and were currently being followed up.

The commissioner maintained that the Kano state government has swung into action with the aim of curtailing the challenge.

Some of the measures taken to curtail the menace were reactivation of the state isolation centre at ‘yar Gaya, activation of rapid response team among numerous measures.

Dr Aminu Ibrahim Tsanyawa urged the all and sundry to disregard any mere allegations and rumours targeted at achieving the set objectives.

Abdullahi Jalaluddeen/Kano.

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