The State of Osun Governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola has given assurance that the state doesn’t have any record of outbreak of Lassa fever.
This was contained in a statement issued by the Media Adviser to the Governor, Mr. Sola Fasure on Wednesday.
According to the statement, it is to be clearly stated that currently there is no confirmed case of Lassa fever outbreak anywhere in the State.
Meanwhile, the statement also debunked speculations surrounding one of the corpses of infected doctors who died of lassa fever in Lagos which was brought to Osun for burial.
The statement stated, “As at the time the corpse was released for burial after autopsy had been carried out, the laboratory result was not out. The result however came out as Lassa fever positive, after the corpse was buried. The state Ministry of Health however, put all the relatives of the said case on 21 days surveillance, and none showed any positive sign. Active surveillance is ongoing by the State and Local Government Area team and all who are concerned.
“Residents are therefore required to be vigilant, maintain the highest hygiene standard possible, avoid contact with those affected and report illnesses and deaths emanating from the disease to hospitals and government health centres. More importantly, we should keep all food away from contamination from rats; and keep rats and other rodents from our homes and where they can come in contact with our food.
“Any person who has unexplained illness with fever and bleeding or died after unexplained severe illness with fever and bleeding should report or be reported to the nearest government hospital or health centre.