Lassa fever kills five in Benue

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At least five people have died from the outbreak of Lassa fever in Benue State

Moreover, the National Center for Disease Control (NCDC) confirmed the incident on Friday, October 25.

However, during a conference in Makurdi, the programs officer, Risk Communications Desk of NCDC, Hanatu Bello said that twenty-one cases of Lassa fever were received.

Meanwhile, the NCDC confirmed eight cases while five infected persons have also died.

“Since the beginning of the year, there have been 21 suspected cases of Lassa fever in Benue State”.

“Eight cases were confirmed after laboratory tests and five deaths have far been recorded”. Said Bello.

According to Bello, the only medical facility attending to Lassa fever patients in Benue is the State University Hospital (BSUTH).

In addition, the Emergency Operation Center (EOC) of the state have been activated.

Besides, the center is to respond to the Lassa fever outbreak as well as a strange illness in the state.

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