There is an outbreak of strange skin disease that has killed about 20 children in Lagos, the state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris has said.

He said this at the weekend, describing the disease as febrile rash illnesses (FRI), which has killed about 20 kids in Otodo Gbame community in Eti-Osa Local Government Area of Lagos State.

According to him, 34 other cases are currently under examination as the government intensifies effort to curb the spread and abate the condition.
Idris said that the disease was first identified by the Medical Officer of Health of the LGA on February 9, 2016 and had killed people within the age range of eight and 72 months.

Dr Idris said his ministry has already notified the Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH) and the World Health Organisation (WHO) on the situation.

It has also constituted a team of Epidemiologists to investigate the outbreak and institute appropriate measures to prevent further spread of the disease.

But he said although the disease causing the outbreak is yet to be confirmed, “the signs and symptoms are suggestive of Febrile Rash Illnesses.”

 “Blood samples (and throat swabs) from the patients and water samples from the community have been taken to the Virology Reference Laboratory at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) and Lagos State Drug Quality Control Laboratory (DQCL), LASUTH, Ikeja respectively. The source of the infection is still under investigation,” he said.

on Kills 20 kids in Lagos 
There is an outbreak of strange skin disease that has killed about 20 children in Lagos, The state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris has said.

He said this at the weekend, describing the disease as febrile rash illnesses (FRI), which is now killing kids in Otodo Gbame community in Eti-Osa Local Government Area of Lagos State.

According to him, 34 other cases are currently under examination as the government intensifies effort to curb the spread and abate the condition.

Idris said that the disease was first identified by the Medical Officer of Health of the LGA on February 9, 2016 and had killed people within the age range of eight and 72 months.

Dr Idris said his ministry has already notified the Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH) and the World Health Organisation (WHO) on the situation.

It has also constituted a team of Epidemiologists to investigate the outbreak and institute appropriate measures to prevent further spread of the disease.
But he said although the disease causing the outbreak is yet to be confirmed, “the signs and symptoms are suggestive of Febrile Rash Illnesses.”

 “Blood samples (and throat swabs) from the patients and water samples from the community have been taken to the Virology Reference Laboratory at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) and Lagos State Drug Quality Control Laboratory (DQCL), LASUTH, Ikeja respectively. The source of the infection is still under investigation,” he said.