NSCDC Officer Dies Of Lassa Fever In Yola

Adamawa State has recorded its first case of death from the viral hemorrhagic fever, popularly known as Lassa fever.

The victim was an official of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, identified as Gabriel Ambe from Numan, Adamawa State.

Ambe, who was reportedly serving in Gembu, Sardauna Local Government Area of Taraba State, died last Thursday at the Federal Medical Centre, Yola.

The Head of the state Rapid Response Team for Infectious Disease, Dr. Batulu Mohammed and another medical consultant, Dr. Sati Awang, who confirmed the development on Saturday, said the deceased tested positive for the viral hemorrhagic fever.

The state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Fatima Abubakar, said the death was the first recorded case of Lassa fever in the state.

Abubakar said other health experts in infectious disease and representatives of the World Health Organisation were trying to identify individuals who came in contact with the deceased to contain its spread.

She maintained that since the deceased was suspected to have contracted the disease from Taraba State, the commissioner for health in Taraba State had also been contacted in order for both states to contain the disease.


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