A 51-year-old man has died of Lassa Fever. The man died at the Mainland Hospital in Yaba, Lagos. The Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris said the deceased may have contacted the disease after attending a wedding ceremony in Edo State in December. He was initially admitted at the Divine Medical Centre, Ikoyi before he died on 18 January, before the result confirming his status was received at the Infectious Diseases Hospital, Yaba. Idris also aid that another person, a 36-year-old lady from Kogi State, had tested positive to the virus and was on admission at the Mainland Hospital.
He also said the health ministry had started tracing 438 contacts related to the three index cases recorded in the state. He said the ministry had made drugs and other materials available at designated facilities and isolation centres had been prepared to adequately manage suspected and confirmed cases. He urged residents and health workers to follow infection control measures in their environment and hospitals to prevent outbreak in the state.