Only 1 dead and 5 cases of Lassa fever is recorded in Plateau State – Dr Raymond Juryit

The Executive Secretary of Plateau State Primary Health Care Board, Dr. Raymond Juryit said there is no increase in the number of people with suspected cases of Lassa fever in the state, only two additional Plateau indigenes were infected and receiving treatment in Bauchi State under the Bauchi state government.

He said presently, there are about five suspected cases of Lassa fever quarantined in Jos North LGA, and maintained that only one dead is recorded in the State.

As part of measures put in place by the Plateau State Government, Dr. Juryit confirmed that two surveillance officers were placed in each of the 17 Local Government Areas of the State for rapid response. According to him, poor sanitation and bush burning contributes a lot to the spread of these rodents in various communities saying the State Government is prepared with enough drugs that has been purchased to treat and halt the spread of the disease. In view of the fact that the virus can be transmitted from infected animals to human and person to person, transmitted both in communities where people live in clusters and spread faster in crowded environments, especially the ones with poor sanitary conditions called on citizens to imbibed good environmental sanitation which is very important in overcoming the spread of the diseases and also warns people to desist from bush burning.

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