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Lassa Fever outbreak in Benue leaves five dead



Five people have been confirmed dead by the National Center for Disease Control (NCDC) following a Lassa fever outbreak in Benue State.

 It was learnt that 21 suspected cases of Lassa fever was received from the state out of which eight cases were confirmed while five infected persons died.

Programs Officer, Risk Communications Desk of NCDC, Hanatu Bello said at a news conference in Makurdi said there has been there have been 21 suspected cases of Lassa fever in Benue State since the beginning of the year with eight cases confirmed after laboratory tests and five deaths have so far been recorded.

Hanatu who said the Emergency Operation Center (EOC) has already been activated in the state, further disclosed that the State University Teaching Hospital (BSUTH) is the only medical facility attending to Lassa fever patients at the moment.

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