One Dead As Taraba Govt Confirms Deadly Fever Outbreak

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One person died, two others have been quarantined as the government of Taraba state has confirmed the outbreak of Lassa fever.

Innocent Vakkai, the commissioner of health, who confirmed the development said: “One person died and two others quarantined and their blood samples have already been taken to Irrua Specialists’ Hospital in Edo state for further confirmation.”


Speaking to the journalists Vakkai urged the residents of the state not to panic as the government had answered swiftly to the outbreak.

The commissioner also detailed on how the disease spreads.

“People usually get infected with the Lassa Virus after exposure to infected rodents, while person to person transmission occurs through direct contact with the sick person,” he said.

Vakkai asked the people to avoid contact with rats particularly in the areas where the outbreak happened.

He continued: “Other precautionary measures include putting food in rodent proof containers and wearing protections such as masks, gloves, gowns among others.”


The commissioner further asked residents to report to the nearest hospital any case of nasal bleeding, as well as bleeding through the anus and mouth which he said are among the symptoms of the illness.

The last Lassa fever outbreak that happened in Taraba in February 2012 caused the death of 10 people comprising a doctor and two nurses who attended to the patients.

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