The Abia state Ministry of Health has confirmed the outbreak of Lassa fever in Olokoro community, Umuahia-South Local Government Area of the State.

The ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Egbulefu Eze, told newsmen in Umuahia that a 28-year-old man who died in the community was diagnosed of Lassa fever.

Eze allayed the fears of possible epidemic in the State, saying the ministry is taking measures to contain the spread of the disease. He said the victim died on January 1st at the Federal Medical Centre, Umuahia, where he was admitted.

The Permanent Secretary noted that the State government had always contained previous outbreaks and was already on top of the situation.

He explained that in the course of the investigation, all those that came in close contact with the deceased had been identified and placed on surveillance.

The Medical Director of Federal Medical Centre, Umuahia,   Azubuike Onyebuchi, while speaking on the disease, said that the deceased was initially suspected to be suffering from acute appendicitis, adding that further examination on the man however, revealed the case of Lassa fever.

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