Lassa fever claims first casualty in Lagos

TVCE (LAGOS) - The Lagos State Government on Friday confirmed two more cases of Lassa fever in the state with one of the victims already dead. The development brought the number of Lassa fever cases in the state to three, including the index case at Ahmaddiya Hospital in Ijaiye/Ojokoro part of the state. Briefing newsmen on Friday, Commissioner for Health, Dr Jide Idris, said the index case was responding to treatment at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH). The second victim, he said, is a 36-year-old lady; an indigene of Kogi State who was first discovered at Naval Reference Hospital, Ojo on January 18 before she was referred to Mainland Hospital the same day and has since been receiving antiviral medication. Idris said yesterday that her condition was stable and ambulating. The third case, he said, died because he presented late. He is said to be a 51-year-old resident of Ilasan Leki and indigene of Edo...