- Last Updated on 25.05.2018
The Margibi County Health Team has declared a health emergency following two confirmed deaths from Lassa Fever in the county in less than a week.
Margibi County Health Officer Myer Pajibo told a news conference Wednesday that the two cases involved a 56 year-old man and a 35 year-old woman who died on May 3 and 6 respectively at the C.H. Rennie Hospital in Kakata located about 35 kilometres from the capital Monrovia.
According to Dr. Pajibo, a report shows that the male victim and his wife had traveled to Toma Town in Bong County in central Liberia for the funeral of their grandchild who died after a brief illness.
The cases, he added, are from two separate districts in Margibi - Kakata and Gibi.
Dr. Pajibo said laboratory tests conducted on the blood specimens of the two victims on May 4 and 7 respectively, confirmed that they died of Lassa Fever.
He said based on the two confirmed Lassa Fever deaths, the local health team has declared a health emergency in the county.
He said at least 60 persons are being monitored as close contacts of the victims.
Meanwhile, Dr. Pajibo is cautioning persons showing symptoms of malaria and typhoid to go to the nearest health center for testing.
Lassa fever, also known as Lassa hemorrhagic fever (LHF), is a type of viral hemorrhagic fever caused by the Lassa virus.
Many of those infected by the virus do not develop symptoms. The disease is usually initially spread to people through contact with the urine or feces of an infected multimammate rat.
Its symptoms are fever, headaches and bleeding.
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