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100 people quarantined in Maiduguri following Lassa fever outbreak


Jaafar Jaafar
A graduate of Mass Communication from Bayero University, Kano. He was a reporter at Daily Trust, an assistant editor at Premium Times and now the editor-in-chief o Daily Nigerian
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By Mustapha IBuhari, Maiduguri

No fewer than 100 people were quarantined, following a case of Lassa fever in Zabarmari area of Maiduguri, the capital of Borno State.

The state is recovering from Boko Haram insurgency that ravaged the North East part of Nigeria for nearly a decade.

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Hospital sources said the medical emergency in the state was triggered after a woman was diagnosed with the disease.

Reports said the government’s infectious disease surveillance team had isolated the people she had contact with in the area.

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Borno State commissioner for Health, Haruna Mshelia, confirmed the case, saying the state government is making efforts to check the spread of the disease.

He said the suspicious case was detected on February 20, and was confirmed last night following laboratory tests.

“The woman is responding to treatment and she is no more bleeding. We are working in concert with other agencies to ensure that the disease does not spread,” he added.

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