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Three die from Lassa fever in Kaduna

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There have been three confirmed deaths at the Saint Louis Specialist Hospital in Zonkwa, Zanya Kataf Local Government Area of Kaduna State following the outbreak of lassa Fever in the state. The state’s Commissioner for Health, Professor Jonathan Nok, who confirmed the incident to newsmen on Monday, said that a medical doctor, a nurse and a pregnant woman were among the deceased.

He said that the doctor and nurse showed signs of Lassa fever shortly after operating a pregnant woman who was brought in from another hospital in Kafanchan, and later died few days after they were tested positive to the deadly disease.

The commissioner also said that the affected hospitals have been put under isolation with the intention of tracing the primary and secondary contacts with the deceased.He urged residents not to panic as government is on top of the situation, while he advised them to maintain personal hygiene around their homes.

Lassa fever have killed hundreds across the country over the last few months. The disease  is transmitted to humans from contacts with food or household items contaminated with rodent excreta. The disease is endemic in the rodent population in parts of West Africa and Nigeria has been the worst hit so fat

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