Two die of Lassa fever in Lagos, Doctor infected

At the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, two patients treated for Lassa fever have died within few days of admission in the past one week.

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.

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.

A Resident Doctor from the Department of Anatomic and Molecular Pathology who took part in the autopsy was later confirmed with the disease and is currently on admission and responding well to treatment at the Isolation Ward of LUTH.

Prof. Chris  Bode, the Chief Medical Director of LUTH, visited the Isolation Centre of LUTH on Monday in company of his top management staff and spoke with the doctor and staff to boost morale and assure them of the Hospital’s full support.

Bode enjoined all LUTH workers to maintain a heightened level of alert in the wake of this new outbreak and observe universal precautions in handling all suspected cases of this viral hemorrhagic fever.

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