Lagosians get raging novel Coronavirus alert

Lagos State Government, LASG, has alerted the public to a new virus, the novel Coronavirus (nCoV) which is


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Lagosians get raging novel Coronavirus alert

Lagos State Government, LASG, has alerted the public to a new virus, the novel Coronavirus (nCoV) which is currently raging in China and has also been reported in some foreign countries, including the United States of America, causing no fewer than nine deaths.

 

                                                                    

In a press statement today, Thursday January 23, Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, said: “Coronaviruses (CoV) is a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases”.  

 

                                                                                     

Abayomi explained: “The novel Coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain that had not been previously identified in humans”, adding that Coronaviruses are primarily infections of animals that can be transmitted to humans.

 

 

“The common signs and symptoms of the infection include fever, cough, shortness of breath and difficulty in breathing, explaining that in more severe cases, the infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death”, he noted.

 

                                                                                                                                 

Prof. Akin Abayomi stated that no case of the virus has been identified in Lagos, Nigeria or anywhere in Africa.

 

 

According to him, “Lagos is ramping up its level of preparedness, considering the large commercial trading traffic between Nigeria, China and Thailand”.

 

 

Abayomi urged citizens to, “adopt and practice a high standard of personal and environmental hygiene, including regular hand washing, covering of mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing. Avoiding close contact with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness while taking biosecurity precautions with domestic and wild animals as measures against the transmission of any kind of contagious infection, nCoV inclusive”.






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Victory Ejoh
Special Duties Correspondent of Fresh Angle International Newspaper. I am a graduate of Mass Communication from Nigeria Institute of Journalism,NIJ,Lagos.
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