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Bauchi State Records Three Lassa Fever Cases

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The Bauchi State authorities has confirmed three new instances of Lassa fever within the state.

The Executive Chairman of Bauchi State Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Dr Rilwanu Mohammed, confirmed the instances throughout a press briefing in Bauchi on Friday.

According to him, the state is on excessive surveillance and medical personnel are frightened because of the latest improvement in Kano that claimed the lives of some well being staff.

Mohammed stated, “This year, we have 15 suspected cases of Lassa fever – three confirmed cases out of the suspected … One thing that is giving us concern is no vaccine for it, we have only treatment of the contact and prophylaxis for the contact and then treatment of cases.

“So, doctors are afraid, and the nurses are also afraid but there is what we call universal safety precaution.

“Unless you touch this patient, unless you touch the secretion; so you have to wear your gloves, you have to make sure that you protect yourself from contact with the secretion,” he added.

The company boss defined that the secretion was infectious and urged well being staff to watch out when treating contaminated sufferers.

He disclosed that the illness was prevalent in three native authorities areas of Bauchi, Toro, and Tafawa Balewa.

“So far, no death has been recorded this year,” Mohammed acknowledged.

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