At least two people have been confirmed dead, while 17 cases have been reported in Benue State.
Dr. Joseph Ngbea, the state’s Commissioner for Health, revealed this Wednesday at a press conference marking Lassa fever awareness week in Makurdi, the state capital.
He urged residents in the state to implement vector control measures that will completely eliminate rats from their environment.
The commissioner also advised health workers to always follow infection prevention and control (IPC) measures, which are critical in preventing the spread of the Lassa fever virus and other infectious diseases among health workers.
He stated that the only way to stop the spread of the disease is to maintain good hygiene and a clean environment.
According to the health commissioner, necessary medications have been obtained to treat patients.
He urged anyone experiencing unusual symptoms to go to the hospital right away.