No fewer than five people have reportedly been infected with the deadly Lassa fever in Ondo State.

According to the Permanent Secretary of the state’s Ministry of Health, Dr Taye Oni, who spoke with journalists in Akure on Tuesday, the disease has affected two people in Owo Local Government and two people in Akoko North-West Local Government.

Similarly, a student of the Achievers University in Owo was also infected by the disease.

“Of the cases recorded by the state government, we have a 56-year-old male, a 47- year-old female and another two people in Akoko South-West. This is not the usual time it occurs in Ondo State. It usually occurs during the dry season and limited to Owo and Ose Local Governments,” said Dr Oni.

“Government is doing its best to contain the recorded cases by isolating the patients to prevent further spread. 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.”

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