The Imo state commissioner of health, Dr Angela Uwakwem, while speaking in Owerri on Tuesday, January 23, has confirmed the recent outbreak of Lassa fever in the state. Two people have been recorded dead and seven quarantined in the state. Uwakwem confirmed that the two people died after they were referred out of Federal Medical Centre, Owerri, Punch reports. He said: “Lassa fever is in Owerri. It is confirmed.
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“We have seven suspected cases of Lassa fever. Two are confirmed. “The Imo state government is working hard to establish the point of first contact. The media should also help us to enlighten our people. “People should stop 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.”