A case of the deadly Lassa fever has been detected at the Federal Medical Centre, Owo, Ondo State.
It was gathered that the victim who came from Edo State went to the FMC to treat malaria fever; but after a blood test, it was discovered that the victim had contacted the deadly disease.
However, the state government said it was proactive about the case and the victim has been returned to Edo State where he came from.
When contacted, the Ondo State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Dayo Adeyanju, confirmed the incident and said there was no cause for alarm, as the government had already taken necessary steps to prevent the spread of the disease.
He said, “It is expected; we have already said it, and that is why we are proactive about it to ensure that if anybody has symptoms, they will be detected in good time, enabling us to quickly curtail it.
“Also, there would be active surveillance, where we look around to see if anybody has been infected. Already, contact tracing has begun on this one.”
He explained that the case was a suspected one at the FMC, Owo, saying the victim had fever and other symptoms that suggested that it was Lassa fever.
He said the doctor took the blood sample of the victim and referred it to Iruwa Specialist Hospital in Edo State where it was was diagnosed.
The commissioner who expressed assurance that the disease would not spread in the state, also confirmed that the victim had been transferred to Iruwa Specialist Hospital for adequate treatment.