The Lassa fever epidemic which started as a rumour some weeks ago in Ondo State, has fully manifested, with five persons now hospitalized for being infected with the disease.

The reports emerged three weeks of a student of Achievers University, Owo, infected with the disease and hospitalised at the Federal Medical Centre in Owo.

According to Premium Times, as soon as the student was confirmed as having the disease, parents and students of the institution pestered the management to take a drastic measure to ensure the safety of students.

According to sources at the school, the anxiety was getting out of control, leading the management to declare a three weeks mid-semester break for the students.

Officials at the Ondo State Ministry of Health confirmed the development, saying five persons have so far been diagnosed with the disease in the state.

The Permanent Secretary of the state’s Ministry of Health, Taye Oni, told journalists in Akure that two cases were recorded in Owo Local Government Area and two in Akoko North-West Local Government Area.