The Imo State Government has said that two residents of Owerri have died of Lassa fever which has entered in the state.
Imo State Health Commissioner Dr. Angela Uwakwem, who confirmed the incident to newsmen in Owerri on Wednesday said, “Lassa fever is in Owerri. It is confirmed.”
Uwakwem said two persons died of the virus after they were “referred out of” the Federal Medical Centre, Owerri.
The health commissioner said, “We have seven suspected cases of Lassa fever. Two are confirmed.
“The Imo State Government is working hard to establish the point of the first contact. The media should also help us to enlighten our people.
“People should stop the unnecessary shaking of hands. People should also stop eating exposed foods. The virus is caused by rats, so people should be encouraged to make use of rat poison in their homes.”
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