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Lassa Fever: Death Toll Rises To 41 In Ondo

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Death cases resulting from Lassa Fever viral infection has increased from 22 as at week five, to 41 at week 10 in Ondo state, the State Centre for Disease Control has confirmed.

Local government areas where the disease has been confirmed include Ile Oluji/Okeigbo, Idanre, Ifedore, Akoko North East, and Ondo West local government areas.

The disease had earlier been reported in Owo, Ose, Akure North, Akoko South West, and Akure South.

Stephen Fagbemi, a state epidemiologist, said on Saturday, March 7, 2020, that a total of 41 people have died of the disease so far in the state out of a total of 273 confirmed cases after suspected cases of 677.

Fagbemi also lamented the change of focus from Lassa fever to CoronaVirus, saying that the latter is yet to kill anyone in the country, while Lassa fever is still very much fatal in the country.

He said the analysis would show that there was still a lot to do in dealing with the Lassa virus, urging more focus in the eradication of the disease.

According to him, a total of 216 persons had been treated and discharged, while 27 persons were still on admission.

The Ondo State government is providing a subsidized treatment for the disease in the state and had said it was spending a whopping N1.6 million in the treatment of a single patient.

The deaths, according to Fagbemi had resulted from late arrival at the treatment center, after which the patients would have suffered a number of complications.

The Federal Medical Centre, Owo, provides the treatment center for all cases in the state.

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