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Doctor dies of Lassa fever in Benue

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A medical doctor, Dr Samuel Nyityo Tagher, has died of Lassa fever in Makurdi, the Benue State capital.

The deceased doctor, who was a staff of the World Health Organisation (WHO) in Benue, is said to have taken ill and was referred to Irrua Specialist Hospital in Edo State, where he later died.

Three persons including the doctor lost their lives to the disease, according to a hospital staff who pleaded anonymity to newsmen in a telephone message on Monday.

However, the Commissioner for Health and Human Services in Benue State, Dr Joseph Ngbea confirmed that there was Lassa fever in the state but debunked the claim that three persons had died from the disease.

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Ngbea said only one person has died and another who was infected is being treated and in a stable condition in the hospital.

“Only Dr Nyityo died. Nobody is in a critical position. The other person is in a stable condition,” Ngbea said.

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