Lassa fever breaks out in Kaduna, two killed, residents fight over dumped fish

Godwin Isenyo

The Director of Disease Control, Kaduna State Primary Health Care Development Agency, Dr. Hamza Ikara, on Wednesday said an outbreak of Lassa fever has claimed two lives in the state.

This was as residents of Narayi, in the Chikun Local Area of the state scrambled for suspected toxic frozen fish dumped at a cemetery in the area.

Meanwhile, Ikara said the two Lassa fever cases involving a female and a male were recorded in Kubau and Chikun Local Government Areas of the state.

Those were the first cases recorded in 2022, according to the health worker.

The director said contact tracing was ongoing for those who had contact with the victims just as the state government had activated its surveillance for more case detection and proper treatment.

According to him, the risk communication team has also been alerted.

On the dumped toxic frozen fish, it was gathered that the incident happened penultimate Friday when several cartons of the suspected toxic frozen fish were dumped in a cemetery.

An eyewitness said once some passers-by spotted the vehicles offloading the suspected toxic frozen fish at the cemetery, they scrambled and moved the cartons containing the toxic fish to their homes.

It was learnt that the owner of a cold room in the Sabo Tasha area of the same LGA, dumped the fish there following a power outage that allegedly left the fish rotten.

A viral WhatsApp message on Wednesday warned residents of the danger inherent in consuming the fish.

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