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BREAKING: Lassa fever spreads to Benue state

- Benue has confirmed one case of Lassa fever in the state as Nigeria continues to battle the spread of the disease

- The victim, a 40-year-old woman is from Okpokwu local government area of the state

- She is currently receiving treatment in the Benue State University Teaching Hospital

The first case of Lassa fever has been detected in Benue state, north-central Nigeria.

This was disclosed by the chief medical director of Benue State University Teaching Hospital (BSUTH), Profesor Terlumun Swede on Tuesday, January 28.

Professor Swende, who spoke through the chairman, medical advisory committee of BSUTH, Professor Olusanya Alao, said the victim is a 40-year-old woman from Okpoga in Okpokwu local government area of the state.

The hospital management further disclosed that the woman is now on Anti-Retroviral (ARV) drugs, adding that she is responding to treatment.

BREAKING: Lassa fever spreads to Benue state

Benue state governor, Samuel Ortom, is expected to rally healthcare professionals in the state to contain the spread of Lassa fever Photo credit: Terver Akase
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“She presented with symptoms and features suggestive of fever that was not abating following routine treatment for malaria and other common infections, so we took her samples and sent for Lasser fever investigation and the result came out confirmed as Lasser fever and we are currently treating her,” he revealed.

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States affected so far are Kaduna, Ebonyi, Edo, Ondo, Imo, Kano, Delta, Taraba, Plateau and Bauchi.

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