January 24, 2018 – Lassa Fever Outbreak In Orlu Imo State: 3 Killed, 7 Hospitalised
The Imo state governor today said 3 persons had died of Lassa fever.
In a chat with journalists in Owerri today, Okorocha said the disease discovered in a hospital in Orlu has left 7 others hospitalised.
Okorocha who expressed deep concern over the disease cautioned citizens against unhygienic habits and body contact.
“This morning, we woke up to hear from relevant agencies that Lassa fever has killed three people while seven others are hospitalised.
“This number is too large for a state and we are very concerned over the speed of spread of the disease in Orlu and other parts of the state.
“You are aware that the major cause of this disease is a particular kind of rat and we must take adequate measures to stop rats from having direct contact with consumable goods.
“The state Ministry of Health has been properly informed and directed to do everything possible to manage the situation,” he said.
The governor said if the spread of the disease continued, the government may ban public functions and rallies to save lives.