The Ondo State government has confirmed an outbreak of Lassa fever in two Local Government Areas (LGA) of the State.
Dayo Adeyanju, the Commissioner for Health in the State, confirmed this on Wednesday in a telephone chat with a SaharaReporters correspondent in Akure.
Mr. Adeyanju said the deadly fever was discovered in Akure North and Owo LGAs of the State.
He told our correspondent that the first case was identified in Eyin Ogbe in Owo LGA while the second case was identified in Ayede-Ogbese in Akure North LGA, Ondo State.
The Health Commissioner said that the State government has set up surveillance and containment machinery to prevent a spread of the disease in the State.
Mr. Adeyanju, who confirmed that he had earlier briefed journalists over the outbreak, said there is no cause for alarm in the State.
He added that his ministry had briefed development partners and health officials in order to root out the disease from the State.
“One confirmed case and two suspected cases have been referred to the Irua Specialist Hospital in Edo State for further confirmation. We are awaiting the results,” Mr. Adeyanju told our correspondent on the phone.
The Lass fever outbreak in the State follows reported cases of the disease in nearby Delta, Anambra and Edo States.