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Lassa Fever Outbreak: Corpse tests positive in Osun State.



-Corpse examined for lassa fever, tests positive.

-Osun government cautions residents.

Osun State Government has urged residents of the state, to be vigilant and practice hygienic living standards.

The admonition comes after a corpse brought from Lagos tested positive to Lassa fever virus.

A number of cases of the disease had been reported in some Southwest states of Lagos and Ogun in recent times.

A statement signed by the Media Adviser to the Governor, Sola Fasure, certified that there was currently no case of an outbreak of the fever in the state.

In the statemnet, it was noted that the dead body brought to the state from Lagos was subjected to laboratory test and was tested positive to the scourge, adding that the corpse was buried before the official release of the autopsy report.

According to the statement, the state’s Ministry Of Health immediately put the relatives of the corpse on a 21-day surveillance after which none of them exhibited any symptoms or signs of the fever.

It also said that the Osun government had set up an effective surveillance strategy across all the local governments in the state to safeguard the people from the deadly disease.

“It is to be clearly stated that currently there is no confirmed case of Lassa fever outbreak anywhere in the State of Osun,” the statement said.

“However, a corpse was brought from Lagos for burial in Osun. The case is linked with the three doctors also confirmed positive in Lagos. As at the time the corpse was released for burial after autopsy had been carried out, the laboratory result was not out.

“The result however came out as Lassa fever positive, after the corpse was buried.

“Active surveillance is ongoing by the State and LGA team and all concerned.”

Ibukun Josephine Bankole was a Senior Associate at Naija News. A Mass Communication graduate, Ibukun is passionate about journalism especially in the areas of health and child related issues. She loves eating beans, singing, acting and giving motivational speeches. Ibukun is meticulous and has a positive approach to life. Contact me via twitter/Instagram @ibukunbankole_