The Ondo State Ministry of health have confirmed five cases of Lassa fever in Owo and Akoko South West local government of the state.
The epidemic was reportedly discovered at a private University in Owo, Achievers University, after a student was hospitalized at the Federal Medical Center, Owo (FMC).
Sources in the University community disclosed that the outbreak of the disease in the University was responsible for the sudden mid – semester break declared by the management of the institution.
Officials at the Ondo State Ministry of Health confirmed the development, that five persons had so far been diagnosed with the disease in the state.
The Permanent Secretary of the state’s Ministry of Health,Dr Taye Oni, told newsmen in Akure that two cases were recorded in Owo Local Government Area and two in Akoko North-West Local Government Area.
These are in addition to the case of the student of the Achievers University, who was earlier diagnosed with the disease.
“Government is doing its best to contain the recorded cases by isolating the patients to prevent further spread,”Dr Oni said.
“We also embarked on aggressive contact tracing, sensitisation of the people not just in Owo and Ose but across the state on preventing and precautionary measures”, he added.
But, the management of Achievers University, Owo has said the student who was diagnosed with the ailment was not infested within the campus but outside.
In a statement on Wednesday, the Vice Chancellor of Achievers University, Tunji Ibiyemi, blamed inflammatory media reports for the anxiety that trailed the incident, saying the student had since been undergoing treatment and would soon be discharged from the hospital.