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Lassa fever caused outbreak: cases reported in cross river.


Jan. 28, 2020

Lassa fever has created lots of fear among the residents of Calabar, the Cross River State capital on Monday as cases were reported at the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital, UCTH.
Report showed that at the weekend, two patients were admitted into the emergency unit of the teaching hospital as they both showed unusual symptoms of general body weakness, sore throat, cough, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea and muscle pains which are also symptoms of the disease Lassa fever.
The doctors on duty collected the samples and reported the case on Monday to the management who immediately took important actions for analysis.
It was reported that the management was not treating the case with a light hand as they have taken high measures to protect the doctors and other health workers as they have already fumigated some departments in the institution.
However, some citizens who have patients relations at the hospital were afraid and scared as regards the reported case of Lassa fever and the faith of their loved ones.
It was also understood that some patients at the hospital are making alternative arrangements for fear of being contaminated with this deadly disease.
On Monday in a telephone conversation I had with a resident, Mr Paul Udoh said the fear of being contracting the disease is in the mind of the people already.
"A patient was admitted and they said it's Lassa fever, we urge our government to take necessary action to stop this disease, as the fear of it is already in people as we speak."
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