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Lassa fever kills nursing student, 65 under surveillance in Anambra

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A nursing student was killed by lassa fever on Monday while 65 others are being monitored. This was confirmed by the Anambra State Government

Dr Emmanuel Okafor, the Director of Public Health, State Ministry of Health, told newsmen in Awka that the dead student whose name was not revealed was from a private nursing school in Nkpor,Idemili North.

He said that on June 11 the student was admitted at the Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University Teaching Hospital

She died on June 14 when she was immediately transferred to Edo at a General hospital, Irua for check up according to him

He said“She was initially admitted at Amaku in Awka before she was transferred to Irua and was placed on admission there.

“She was bleeding from the gums, nostril and vagina and was confirmed Lassa fever victim in Irua.

“The moment it was confirmed that she had Lassa fever, we started contacts tracing.

“As of now, we have about 65 we are following up, two of them have developed fever and their samples have been taken to Irua

“We are still tracking others and we have advised them on what to do to ensure they do not transfer it to their loved ones,”

Surroundings should be kept clean and prevent rats from food Okafor advice residents.

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