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Rabies Kills Two in Lagos, Says Health Commissioner

…says Queen’s College students hospitalised for diarrhoea 
Lagos State Governent yesterday said that two people had died of rabies at the Lagos University ‘Teaching Hospital (LUTH).
One of the victims was bitten by a three-month-old dog while the other was bitten six months before he presented his case to the hospital.
The Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris, who disclosed this, said that a 49-year-old man, died on March 8, while the other male victim, 33, died on March 13.
He also disclosed that two students of Queens College died of diarrhoea while one was still on hospitalised.
Idris said that the first victim was bitten by his three-month-old dog which itself was bitten by a new dog the man bought six weeks before the incident.
The commissioner added that the two dogs were observed to be be-having abnormally and then killed. The man was admitted on March 8, but died within a few hours of admission.
Ideis disclosed that the second victim came to LUTH on March 9, six months after he was bitten.
He said: “The patient was given tetanus toroid after the bite and the dog was killed. The patient died on March 13.”
The commissioner, however, warned owners of dogs and other pets to properly vaccinate their animals.
Reacting to the out-break of diarrhoea at Queens College, Idris said the school should remain closed till appropriate measures had been put in place for the safety of students.
He explained that after the cholera outbreak, a joint team of the Lagos State Ministry of Health and LUTH investigated the incident.
The commissioner also disclosed that the stool specimens collected from 40 kitchen staff and findings from the investigation were consistent with enteric fever with the infection was most likely spread through contaminated water sources and infection by food handlers.
He said: “Available health records from sick bay indicated that the date of onset of illness was 16th January 2017. The total number of students pre-sented at the clinic on account of abdominal pain,fevei vomiting and diarrhoea was 1,222 from the date of presentation to the last date of presentation.
“There were four different peak periods of infection with the highest peak was 31st January 2017, 16 ill cases were admitted in various hospitals. Nine have been discharged; two died while one is still on admission at the Intensive Care Unit of Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LAsuTH) and three in LUTH.”
 New Telegraph News

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