How Lassa fever killed a corper serving in Cross River

Lassa fever rat

Onwuegbuzie Stanley, a serving corp member lost his life to the dreadful Lassa fever disease at the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital.

According to Punch, the Commissioner for Health, Dr. Inyang Asibong mentioned that the corper is from Delta State and was serving in Obubra before he died.

Stanley had undergone treatment for cerebral malaria for about a week at the General Hospital, Obubra before he was referred to UCTH, seeing that his condition was getting worse despite the treatment.

Quoting the authorities, PMNews reports: “The incident started about two weeks ago in Obubra and we all know that the incubation period of Lassa fever is three to 21 days.

“The deceased is an indigene of Delta State. The last time he travelled to Lagos State was during the Christmas period in December 2016 and came back to Cross River in January 2017.

“The deceased was living in the corps members’ lodge in Obubra and since he came back in January, he has not left that community

“Unfortunately, we lost him yesterday. Sadly, the corps member contracted the disease in Cross River,” she said.

The Coordinator, World Health Organisation, Cross River State, Dr. Thompson Igbu, made us understand that they’ve been working hard to prevent further spread of the disease.

He also mentioned that 15 persons who were primary contacts as well as the hospital where the deceased was first admitted were line-listed.

The body of the deceased had not been sent to the mortuary yet because accurate measures are been taken to curb further spread of the disease.


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