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Sunday Health+ August 13, 2017 53 We’ll end Lassa fever the way we stopped Ebola — LUTH CMD The Chief Medical Director, Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Idi-Araba, Prof. Chris Bode, talks about the recent cases of Lassa fever in the state with ARUKAINO UMUKORO and BUKOLA ADEBAYO A few days ago, there were reported deaths from Lassa fever cases in LUTH and about 100 persons were also reportedly quarantined. Can you give the exact situation? Let me correct that. If you follow the news bulletin we issued, on July 23, a patient, a 32-year-old woman, came to LUTH on referral from outside. She was originally traced to Imota, somewhere around Ikorodu area of the state. She was pregnant and was bleeding. In such case (a pregnant woman bleeding), the usual thinking is that it could be a pregnancy that is being threatened or about to abort. Within two days of admission, the woman lost the pregnancy and died. The doctors asked for a post- mortem examination and the pathologist conducted an examination to find out the cause of the bleeding. It was in the course of the examination that the doctors took samples to find out if it could be a case of viral haemorrhagic fever, and it turned out to be Lassa fever. One thing you have to note is that people who closely interact with Lassa fever patients are likely to become infected. That patient that died came from outside. Another patient was said to have gone to a neighbouring state and was diagnosed immediately with the disease and died within 24 hours of admission. These are the two cases of death. 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