Nigeria records first deaths from H1N1 influenza
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Last Updated: Tuesday, January 19, 2010, 15:44
Abuja: Nigeria has reported its first swine flu deaths as two people, including a woman, died after being infected with the virus, even as the country's health ministry has asked for extra precaution against the deadly disease.

"As at January 18, 2010, Nigeria has recorded 11 laboratory confirmed cases of H1N1 Influenza with two deaths from the pandemic," Nigeria's minister of Health, Babatunde Osotimehin, said including an earlier case on December 5 last year whereby a suspected patient had died.

He urged anybody who suspects having symptoms of the disease to report to the health care delivery institution for proper medical check-up.

The most recent case of H1N1 influenza was a 38-year-old female living in Lagos who was said to have travelled to the United States about three months ago.

She died on Tuesday January 5, 2010 at Reddington Hospital Victoria Island, Lagos, after reporting sick six weeks ago.

Osotimehin said his department, in collaboration with the Lagos State Ministry of Health, had collected samples from the index case and the victim's contacts for further analysis and eight out of the 40 samples of close contacts collected were found to be positive of Influenza A H1N1.

He also announced enhanced disease surveillance like vigorous case search in designated health facilities in all the 36 states of the federation including the capital Abuja.


First Published: Tuesday, January 19, 2010, 15:44

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