BY DORIS OBINNA
THE Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Dr Jide Idris, said the source of the strange disease that killed 17 children at Otodo-Gbame Community in Ikate, Lekki, was still under investigation.
Idris made this known at a news conference in Lagos on the latest development.
According to Dr. Idris, The outbreak was confirmed as 34 cases of sick children with Febrile Rash Illnesses (FRI) have been line listed. The fatality of the outbreak was also confirmed as the graves of 17 children who died from the FRI since the day of onset of the signs and symptoms in the first case on January 6, 2016, were identified by their parents.
The disease causing the outbreak, he said was yet to be confirmed. He however, noted that the signs and symptoms are suggestive of Febrile Rash Illnesses, saying, “ Blood samples (and throat swabs) from the patients and water samples from the community have been taken to the Virology Reference Laboratory at Lagos State University Hospital (LUTH) and Lagos State Drug Quality Control Laboratory (DQCL), Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Ikeja respectively.”
According to the commissioner, the source of the infection is still under investigation.
“Thirty-Four (34) cases have been line listed so far with 17 males and 17 females. 17 dead patients have been identified with 9 males and 8 females. All are within the age range of 8-72 months, he said.”
Idris said that investigation on the outbreak is going on and the ministry has instituted appropriate measures to prevent further spread of the disease.
BY DORIS OBINNA