Four persons have been confirmed dead in Taraba state, according to the state government, the died as a result of Lassa fever infection.
Confirming the deaths, the state’s commissioner of health, Dr Innocent Vakkai said the late residents of the state were among the 5 people who tested positive after 15 persons were subjected to a medical test for the disease.
Vakkai disclosed that the surveillance system for more case detection and proper treatment has been activated by state government after most of the suspected cases were found to have come from six local government areas in the state; Bali, Gashaka, Gassol, Ardo-Kola, Jalingo and Ibi.
The Commissioner said they’ve launched a campaign to create awareness and enlighten residents of the state on symptoms of the disease. He also revealed that the difficult terrains of the state have led to late reporting of patients to hospitals.