Lassa Fever: 600 contacts placed on surveillance in Ondo

By Seun Idowu

Over 600 contacts have been put on surveillance by the Ondo state government to prevent spread of Lassa fever in the state.

The 600 contacts are now at the isolation centre.

Already, the disease has spread to six out of eighteen local government areas in the state.

Ondo is one of the states worst hit by the latest outbreak of Lassa Fever in Nigeria. 

In the first two weeks of Lassa fever outbreak in Ondo state, 18 deaths were recorded.

Three deaths, were also recorded two weeks after the first set of people died from the disease.

Over 125 cases are now confirmed in four weeks.

Giving the figures at a news conference in Akure, the state Epidemiologist, said the deaths occurred because the victims reported late to the hospital for treatment.

He said facilities at the Federal Medical Centre, Owo, where Lassa Fever patients are being treated, have been over stretched.

In the meantime, the Ondo state council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) urged government at all levels to intensify enlightenment campaigns on how to treat and prevent Lassa Fever.

The Union said all efforts be used to curtail the spread of the disease in the state.