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Lassa fever kills nurse in Ogun


An assistant chief nursing officer at the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Abeokuta, Ogun State has died of Lassa fever. Mrs Bolanle Adesuyi died last Sunday.

Two other staff of the hospital, according to the spokesman of the institution, Mr Segun Orisajo, are under “close monitoring”.

Orisajo told The Guardian that the blood sample of the said two staff had been taken to the laboratory to “ascertain their status”. He said he didn’t know how the deceased nurse contacted the disease.

But The Guardian investigations revealed that late Adesuyi contacted the disease after treating a patient. The patient whose name could not be immediately ascertained was “brought from Ijebu-Ode” the hospital source told The Guardian.

The two other staff who Orisajo said are being monitored were also said to have had contact with the late patient.

A mortuary assistant has also passed on at the hospital and his death is being linked to the disease.

“Yes it is true (death of mortuary assistant) but we are yet to get the result of the cause of his death, people are just trying to link it (death) with Lassa fever,” Orisajo told The Guardian.

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