3 Dead in Suspected Lassa Fever Outbreak in Kano
By Kolawole Omoniyi
A suspected case of Lassa fever has claimed three lives in Kano with others placed in the intensive care unit of Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital (AKTH).
It was gathered that a pregnant woman from Bauchi suspected to be the carrier, who is now late, had a caesarean section 20 days ago at Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital Kano.
The Nigeria Medical Association through its Chairman Dr Sanusi Bala confirmed to Correspondent Kolawole Omoniyi this morning that his Association lost two of its members, Dr Muhammed Habib Musa, on Friday and Dr Garikide on Monday, both of them working at the AKTH.
Confirming the development, Kano State Government through the Director of Public Health at the State Ministry of health, Dr Imam Wada Bello said two suspected cases have been recorded, adding that the people have been quarantined to ascertain the development.
He added that some medical personnel have been deployed to identify those who had contact with people with suspected cases.
"We will quickly take sample and send to the reference lab. That is what will really confirm whether it is a real case of Lassa or not. At the moment, we are investigating the issue. We have assembled a team already and they are ascertaining the true situation. We have two suspected cases so far and we are trying to ascertain how many came in contact with them," he said.