LASSA FEVER - WEST AFRICA (35): NIGERIA (EDO)
Posted on 29TH JUN 2018
tagged Lassa Fever, West Africa; Nigeria
Date: Wed 27 Jun 2018
Source: SJ The Street Journal [edited]
An outbreak of Lassa fever has allegedly claimed the life of a male nurse working with Okomu Oil Palm Company staff clinic, located in Ovia South-West Local Government Area of Edo State.
The victim said to be in his 30s and married with one child, works at the clinic, but lives with his family at Upper Sakponba area, in Benin City, whenever he is off duty at the clinic.
A source, who did not want his name in print, informed our correspondent that the doctor in charge of the disease control at the clinic, observed that the late nurse was unusually weak and with high fever last week.
"By the time they admitted him at the clinic and run tests on him, they detected that he had '2 plus' malaria, with protein in his blood. As the fever got worse by the day, they then decided to transfer him to a private clinic in Benin City, last [Sat 23 Jun 2018], where they also carried out several tests on him. When they suspected that he might be suffering from Lassa fever, they then decided to transfer him to the Lassa fever center at Irrua Teaching Hospital. But he died at the clinic even before they could finalize arrangements to take him there," the source said.
The State Commissioner for Health, David Osifo, could not be reached for confirmation, as his phone was busy throughout, neither did he respond to text message sent to his mobile phone. The Managing Director of Okomu Oil Palm Company Plc, Graham Heife also failed to respond to text a message sent to his mobile phone.
ProMED-mail from HealthMap Alerts
[There is no indication of the situation where the unfortunate nurse acquired his infection. As a nurse, he may have acquired the virus from an infected patient had he not been using personal protective equipment. Alternatively, he might have been exposed to the virus in an environment contaminated by a rodent reservoir host. Virus transmission to humans occurs when people are in contact with the reservoir rodent host or its excreta. Nigeria is endemic for Lass Fever virus. The main virus transmission season is ending but sporadic cases may continue to occur.
Images of the 3 rodent reservoir hosts of Lassa fever virus can be seen for _Mastomys natalensis_ mouse at https://www.inaturalist.org/taxa/45326-Mastomys-natalensis and _M. erythroleucus_ and _Hylomycus pamfi_ at: http://punchng.com/nigerias-large-rat-population-threatens-lassa-fever-war/. - Mod.TY
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