A pregnant woman has died of Lassa fever at the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, Utuku-Ozalla, according to the Enugu state ministry of health.
This makes it the second death recorded in the state, after the first, which was recorded eight days ago at Enugu State University Teaching Hospital, Parklane.
Confirming the case, Ifeanyi Agujiobi, permanent secretary of the ministry of health, said during a press briefing at the state secretariat, on Friday that it involved a 24-year-old pregnant woman who died on Thursday night, and that the preparations for safe burial are underway.
According to her, three cases have been confirmed out of the six suspected cases of Lassa fever while two have died since the outbreak in the state.
Also confirming the case, Obinna Onodugo, chief medical director (CMD) of the teaching hospital, said in a statement; “It’s confirmed that a case of Lassa Fever came to UNTH today (30/1/2020) and died at our Emergency and Accident. ”
“We are currently tracing contacts. We are also working with the Enugu State epidemiology Team and the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, to ensure that proper measures are taken at the mortuary and to protect staff against new cases.
“The CMAC/DCMACS have procured some other materials needed to keep our staff safe. There is no cause for alarm.”
“You are advised to be very careful these days and to have a high index of suspicion, while observing universal safety precautions,” he said.