The Ebonyi State Government today, ordered the closure of all public and private schools.

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The Ebonyi State Government today, ordered the closure of all public and private schools in the state to check the spread of lassa fever that broke out in the state recently.

The State Commissioner for Education, Prof. John Eke said the closure was part of proactive steps taken to contain the spread of the disease in the state.

According to him, government embarked on the measure to effectively control and contain the spread of the dreaded lassa virus which had claimed some lives including two medical doctors.

The commissioner, however, said the lassa outbreak in the state was not alarming, but noted that the closure of schools was done to check the disease spreading into schools.

Students and pupils who were not aware of the development were seen returning back home from their school in the early hours of today.