LUTH confirms Lassa fever outbreak in Lagos

There is the fear of an outbreak of Lassa fever
in the country as the Lagos University Teaching
Hospital (LUTH) yesterday confirmed that two
patients treated have died within a few days of
admission in the past one week.

The Chief Medical Director (CMD) of LUTH,
Prof. Chris Bode, told journalists that the two
patients who were at the advanced stage of the
infection died despite efforts to save their

“The first was a 32-year-old pregnant lady with
bleeding disorder who died after a stillbirth.
Post-mortem examination had been conducted
before her Lassa fever status was eventually
suspected and confirmed. No less than 100
different hospital workers exposed to this
index case are currently being monitored,” he
Bode, who is also a professor of paediatrics,
said a resident doctor from the Department of
Anatomic and Molecular Pathology who took
part in the autopsy was later confirmed with
the disease and is currently on admission and
responding well to treatment at the Isolation
Ward of LUTH.

The CMD who visited the Isolation Centre
yesterday in the company of his top
management staff assured doctors of the
hospital’s full support.
The paediatric surgeon enjoined all LUTH
workers to maintain a heightened level of alert
in the wake of this new outbreak and observe
universal precautions in handling all suspected
cases of this viral hemorrhagic fever.
He urged Nigerians to notify the response team
in LUTH in case of any suspected case of Lassa
fever through the following phone numbers :
08058019466, 08058744780, 07035521015 and

The medical expert noted that LUTH has
always worked closely with officials of the
Lagos State Ministry of Health in handling a
number of diseases of public importance such
as rabies, cholera, Lassa fever and the recent
diarrhoea disease at the Queen’s College. He
said both the Lagos State Ministry of Health
and the Federal Ministry of Health have
responded swiftly to contain the current Lassa
fever outbreak by mobilising human and
material resources to trace the sources and
extent of the disease, follow up on potential
contacts, identify early and test suspected

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