The National Centre for Disease Control has said the disease that causes Lassa fever has so far claimed 41 lives across the country following its recent outbreak.
Anambra state has had its first case of Lassa fever outbreak confirmed, making it the 21st state to be struck by the epidemic in Nigeria.
The patient is a student of Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka and was said to have been on admission at the University’s clinic for some days, before she was referred to the Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University Teaching Hospital.
Ifeanyichukwu Ezebialu, who is chairman, Medical Advisory Committee of the hospital said the ward where the patient was taken care of in the hospital has been properly decontaminated.
She has now been transferred to the Virology Centre in Ebonyi State and handed over to the federal government, for treatment.
Other states with recorded cases of the disease are Ondo, Edo, Ebonyi, Enugu, Kano, Borno, Nasarawa, Kogi, Rivers. Abia state is also one, as well as, Adamawa, Jigawa, Benue, Kaduna, Delta, Taraba, Plateau, Bauchi, Osun and Ogun.
Medical practitioners have advised that suspected cases should be reported as early diagnosis and treatment increase the chances of a patient’s survival.