Abia Commissioner confirms Lassa fever outbreak at FMC, Umuahia

The Commissioner for Information in Abia, Mr John Okiyi, has confirmed the outbreak of the deadly Lassa fever at the Federal Medical Centre (FMC) in Umuahia. Mr Okiyi, who made the disclosure in a statement in Umuahia, said that the government and the hospital management had swung into action to check the spread of the disease.

He charged all those who had contact with the child, suspected to be the index case, and the medical practitioner, who lost her life, to report immediately to the hospital for further review. Reacting to the development, the Chief Medical Director of the hospital, Dr. Chuku Abali, said it would be premature to conclude that because a medical doctor in FMC died of the disease there was an outbreak of the disease in the hospital.