One person has been confirmed dead and five others lying critically ill in two hospitals in Jos following the outbreak of Lassa fever in Plateau State.
There were also reports of fresh outbreak of cholera in Rikkos and Nassarawa area of Jos North LGA of the state.
Not fewer than 10 people were said to be currently under going treatment in an undisclosed hospital.
Confirming the outbreak of the disease and the death of one person , the Deputy Director, Epidemiology in the State Ministry of Health , Dr. Raymond Juryit, who spoke with our correspondent, said there were cases of suspected lassa fever in the state.
He explained that four infected persons were being treated at the Bingham Hospital, Jos, while one person was being treated at a hospital in Jingri, Bassa Local Government of the state.
Juryit added that the state government was taking necessary steps to prevent a spread of the outbreak and had already taken specimens for confirmation.
He said, “We have already communicated with the ministry of health to help us with drugs for the treatment of Lassa fever”
He advised people to maintain a clean environment and safeguard food items from rats, which are known to be carriers of the disease.
Juryit also confirmed new cases of cholera in the state.