The Gombe State Government said on Monday that the state has one person to Lassa fever.
Dr Joshua Abubukar, the Director, Public Heath, Gombe State Ministry of Health, confirmed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Gombe.
Abubakar said an 18-year-old woman, who was tested positive of Lassa fever, died in Funakaye Local Government Area.
He however said that the deceased was tested positive after her death.
According to him, government has shortlisted all those that have contact with her including the health officials for confirmation to avoid spread of the disease.
He advised people to always to ensure proper keeping of food items to avoid coming in contact with rats at homes.
The director said that Lassa fever is cause by rats and is highly contagious when in contact with secretion from infected persons.
“People should always maintain personal hygiene and keep their environment clean as well as to ensure safe keeping of their food items to avoid coming in contact with rats.
“The sign and symptoms of Lassa fever include fever, sore throat, back and chest pain, vomiting, diarrhoea, stomach pain, swelling of face as well as blood appearance at all the body opening,” he said.
Abubakar, however, called on residents to report any sign of high fever and vomiting with blood to the nearest health facilities for proper treatment.
The director also advised people to eliminate all rats in their houses and avoid direct contact with dead rats.
He said that the state government had procured drugs for the treatment of victims of Lassa fever. (NAN)