Officials of 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).
Officials at the Ondo State Ministry of Health confirmed the development, saying five persons had so far been diagnosed with the disease in the state.
The Permanent Secretary of the state’s Ministry of Health, Taye Oni, told journalists in Akure that two cases were recorded in Owo Local Government Area and two in Akoko North-West Local Government Area.
“Government is doing its best to contain the recorded cases by isolating the patients to prevent further spread,” 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.
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.