In the early hours of Sunday 14th January, 2017, two medical doctors were reported dead after they had direct contact with a patient diagnosed with acute Viral Haemorrhagic Fever (Lassa fever). Having managed this patient earlier, the two doctors suddenly fell ill and were temporarily managed in the hospital (Federal Teaching Hospital, Abakaliki).
They were both referred to Irua Specialist Hospital, Edo State but eventually died as were faced with unforeseen delays. Following this, a nurse who also worked in the Accident and Emergency unit of the hospital was reported sick and died after being referred to the specialist hospital in Edo State.
The sudden demise of these health personnel left the entire hospital in much pain and anguish as everyone worked with the consciousness that Lassa fever had been eradicated from the environment. It is disheartening to also note that a House Officer is currently being managed in Edo State.
Lassa fever outbreak is most common to occur in January and February and this calls for adequate knowledge on the subject matter. Refer to this video tutorial and the links below on our website for more information.
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