Lassa Fever hits borno

Mr Haruna Mshelia, the Borno State Commissioner for Health, on Thursday said that one suspected case of Lassa fever was reported in the state. Mshelia told newsmen in Maiduguri, the case was reported in Zabarmari community of Jere local government area of the state. He said that the patient was initially quarantined but discharge after medical examinations. “The patient was discharged after medical examination certified him free of Lassa fever infection. “It is medically proven that the case was not Lassa fever as earlier suspected,” he said. Mishelia disclosed that the state government had also steppedal up surveillance to contain spread of River Blindness in prone areas. He noted that River Blindness and cholera diseases were more prevalent during rainy season, adding that proactive measures had been put in place to contain disease. “Assorted drugs are distributed to endemic areas. “State preparedness for endemic disease such as cholera is in place”. The commissioner added that the state government in collaboration with development partners was providing free treatment to leprosy and tuberculosis patients.

Author: Jenny

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