Panic as Lassa fever kills 2 in Lagos, 100 others placed under surveillance
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Panic as Lassa fever kills 2 in Lagos, 100 others placed under surveillance

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Two patients have been confirmed killed by Lassa fever at the Lagos State Teaching Hospital (LUTH).

The chief medical director of the hospital, Chris Bode, stated this on Tuesday, while also adding that 100 workers of LUTH were being closely monitored.

The hospital said the patients died following few days on admission.

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“Each of these two patients presented very late and died in spite of efforts to salvage them.

“The first was a 32-year old pregnant lady with bleeding disorder who died after a stillbirth. A post-mortem examination had been conducted before her Lassa Fever status was eventually suspected and confirmed.

“No less than 100 different hospital workers exposed to this index case are currently being monitored”, LUTH said in a statement.

A resident doctor from the department of anatomic and molecular pathology, who took part in the autopsy, was said to have contracted the disease and was currently on admission at the isolation ward of LUTH.

Bode advised all LUTH workers to maintain high level of alert and take precautions in dealing with all suspected cases of the hemorrhagic fever.

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