What You Need To Do To Prevent Lassa Fever

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Lassa Fever

Lassa Fever Prevention

On Lassa Fever – Following reports that the disease is affecting and killing people in some states, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has advised healthcare workers to investigate the Lassa fever case.

According to NCDC, its outbreaks occur during the dry season because of ecological factors.

We recall that in 2019, Lassa Fever killed two doctors and a pregnant woman, and this was according to the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) in Kano State North, while in Ondo State, the NCDC reported that at least 16 people died from Lassa Fever sickness.

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Kano state NMA later added that they quarantined all primary contacts.

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Lassa Fever is an acute viral hemorrhagic fever (VHF) that Lassa virus causes, and this virus is from Mastomys natalensis, a rodent (which is known as the multimammate rat).

What you need to do to prevent Lassa Fever

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control said Lassa fever was a major public health challenge in West Africa, and Nigeria bore the highest burden. And now it affects fewer states and it’s being controlled. This is their advice for the houses in the states that are still affected by the virus to prevent it.

  • Avoid rats in your house.
  • Do not touch rats with your bare hands if they are dead or still alive.
  • Do not eat food or fruit that rats have bitten.
  • Block all the holes that rats could use to enter your house.
  • Always wash your hands with soap and running water.
  • Keep your food in a container that has a cover and is covered.
  • Do not dry your food in an open place or spread it on the floor.
  • Cook all your food really well before you eat it.
  • Always clean your house and surroundings.
  • Avoid person-to-person contact with someone who has the disease.
  • Throw away your dustbin or make sure it is always covered.

Do not self-medicate (that means do not take drugs which the doctor did not prescribe), and go to a health facility that is government-approved.

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