The Plateau State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Kuden Kamshak, says five cases of Lassa fever have been detected in Jos, the state capital.
The commissioner, who spoke in Jos on Thursday, said that Plateau State had been identified as one of the hotbed of the ailment due to its proximity to most of the Lassa fever endemic states, hence, the need for citizens to maintain a clean and healthy environment.
“So far, we have only five cases and they are responding to treatment. We have advised doctors not to keep patients for so long in the hospital to avoid contact and spread.”Kamshak said.
He added that health officers had been sent to rural communities to sensitise them on the dangers of the disease and the symptoms to look out for.
The death toll of Lassa fever increased to four in the State, with the most recent case occurring at the Jos University Teaching Hospital, JUTH, on Tuesday.
A medical personnel handling Lassa fever patients at the hospital said that a victim died in the early hours of Tuesday.