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Lassa fever kills Nigerian soldier in Jos – Army

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Rayyan Alhassan
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Rayyan Alhassan is a graduate of Journalism and Mass Communication at Sikkim Manipal University, Ghana. He is the acting Managing Editor at the Daily Nigerian newspaper, a position he has held for the past 3 years. He can be reached via [email protected], or www.facebook.com/RayyanAlhassan, or @Rayyan88 on Twitter.
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The Nigerian Army, on Wednesday, disclosed that one of its personnel, whose name was not disclosed, has been killed by a Lassa Fever virus at the Maxwell Khobe Cantonment in Plateau state.

A statement by the Acting Deputy Director Army Public Relations, 3 Division, Ikechukwu Eze, said the the soldier died on Tuesday at 3 Division hospital after returning from Kogi State where he went for his father’s burial.

The statement read: “The Headquarters 3 Division wishes to inform the general public that a male senior non- commissioned officer of the Division was admitted and was being managed for resistant malaria at the 3 Div Hospital after returning from Kogi State where he went for his father’s burial.

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“Consequently, the soldier was managed but there was no significant improvement which resulted to him being referred to Bingham University Teaching Hospital (Jankwano) Jos for further management.

“Unfortunately, the soldier died on 15 January 2019, 4 days after his case was reported.” Maj Eze stated.

“Available medical information confirmed that the soldier may have died of Lassa Fever”.

The division said while investigation is ongoing, it had taken the following measures:

“Contact Tracing and Monitoring for both primary and secondary contacts in collaboration with Representatives of World Health Organization, WHO, Medical Personnel of Bingham University Teaching Hospital and 3 Division Medical Services and Hospital.

“Sensitization for residents of Maxwell Khobe Cantonment, the host community and the general public has also commenced.

“The General Officer Commanding has further directed that the entire Maxwell Khobe Cantonment be fumigated,” he said.

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