No fewer than 50 people have been quarantined in Anambra as they have been suspected of contracting Lassa fever. Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment in the State, C-Don Adinuba said this on Tuesday.
He said the 50 people had been in direct contact with a 25-year-old Lassa fever patient over the course of three weeks preceding her discovery.
The statement read in part, “Immediately a 25-year old student in Anambra State was diagnosed a few days ago with Lassa fever, the state government took the patient to the regional Virology Centre in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State, for proper treatment.
“The health authorities quickly got in touch with some 50 persons she had come into contact with in the preceding three weeks in both her hometown and her university. All the contacts are being examined and watched closely by experts. This is in conformity with globally established protocol in treating Lassa fever.
“The Anambra State Government has a responsibility to ensure that there is no other case of Lassa fever in the state, and where it occurs, this highly contagious disease is contained at once.
“In view of the above, the state government has set up two special centres at the Onitsha General Hospital and at the General Hospital at Umueri in Anambra East Local Government Area to manage any cases of Lassa fever that may be reported in the state.
“Given the high mortality rate of Lassa fever which has in recent days been reported in various states of the Federation including neighbouring ones, all Ndi Anambra and all those resident in the state are advised to take necessary precautionary measures.”