Plateau Commissioner of health confirms five cases of lassa fever in the state
The Commissioner of Health, Plateau state Dr. Nimkong Ndam, has confirmed five cases of Lassa fever in the state.
Speaking to journalists in Jos, Jos disclosed that the patients of the ailment had been admitted in two hospitals in the state, adding that three of them were undergoing treatment; one had completed treatment, while the fifth one had been discharged.
According to the commissioner, Lassa fever was not new in the state because the area had experienced the disease before.
“However, the health personnel are on the ground to handle the situation and they have the required protective kits to wear while treating such cases.
“We are in contact with the hospitals in the state to address such cases promptly and to curtail the spread of the disease. We also have the protective kits required of health workers to wear when treating such cases,” he said.
Lassa fever is transmitted to humans through contact with food or household items contaminated by infected Mastomy rats who are hosts of the Lassa virus. The general public is advised to store foodstuff in a more staffer containers where the rodent will not reach.