The Disease Surveillance and Notification Officers (DSNO) has announced three fresh cases of the virulent and deadly Lassa fever in Owo and Akure North local government area of Ondo state.
The health officers stated this when giving its reports to the Commissioner for Health, Dr. Dayo Adeyanju at his office in Akure.
According to the DSNO, a case was first identified in Eyin-Ogbe, Owo LGA and was confirmed at Irrua Specialist Hospital, Edo State.
Two suspected cases were also identified in Ayede-Ogbese, Akure North LGA, and samples sent to same hospital for confirmation.
Reacting to the report, the commissioner said: “there is active surveillance in all our LGAs, much more so when we learnt of the last outbreak in Anambra and Delta states, we felt we were likely to be prone. Our surveillance became much more active.”
He said the proactive measures had yielded results because the DNSO officials and the community were able to identify the symptoms easily and promptly sprang into action.
Dr Adeyanju, however, gave assurance to the people of the state that there was no cause for alarm as the confirmed case was presently receiving treatment in Irrua, while the suspected cases were being placed on check.
“We need to keep tab on them and ensure that we are able to trace them to the last person so we can curtail it.
“At the moment, there is no cause for alarm; the outbreak control team has been active, sensitization has been ongoing, jingles and other resources are maximally exploited,” he said.