LASSA FEVER: LUTH Discharges 1, Clears 60 Under Watch

Days after reports of Lassa fever outbreak at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, LUTH, went viral, one of the three hospital workers infected by the Lassa virus has been discharged.

Two other infected patients have been responding to treatment and are likely to be discharged this week even as 60 persons under surveillance have been cleared from the list while another 70 are still under surveillance.

Further, the CMAC Fasanmade, explained that by next week most of the people under surveillance would be completing the 21 days observation period, adding that if none shows symptoms, they would be cleared from the list and that would end the surveillance activities.

The incubation period of Lassa fever ranges from 6–21 days during which the virus could be transmitted by an infected person.

Recall that five Lassa fever cases were earlier confirmed at the LUTH. Two deaths were recorded while three were admitted into the hospital’s isolation centre while about 150 persons exposed to the patients were placed under surveillance.


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