Ghanaians warned against the outbreak of Lassa Fever.
There’s an outbreak of a disease called Lassa Fever and it kills within 6-21 days.Lassa fever is an acute and often fatal viral disease, with fever, occurring chiefly in West Africa. It is usually acquired from infected rats. It’s currently in neighboring countries Togo, Burkina Faso, Nigeria.
Causes of Lassa Fever
Lassa Fever is a fever caused by the Lassa virus found in Rodents, Rats, mice and even cockroaches are known vectors of the Lassa virus.
The Lassa virus is transmitted to humans via contact with food or household items contaminated with rodent urine or feces.
It is also transmitted through contact of bodily fluids (including urine and sweat), feces or blood with an infected person.
Prevention of Lassa fever at home
1. Keep rats out of the house and food supplies.
2.Ensure all foods are well cooked before eating.
3. Keep your home clean and maintain personal hygiene.
4. Dispose all refuse far away from your home.
5. Avoid bodily fluid and blood contact while caring for a sick person.
6. Ensure all foodstuffs are put in rodent-proof containers.
7. Always Keep a hand sanitizer on you.
Prevention In public places
Public places are almost unavoidable, from entering public buses to churches, schools etc. Because you cannot tell who is virus free and who is not, it is necessary you take safety measures.
1. Avoid body contacts with sweaty people.
2. Avoid roadside foods(unhygienic chop bars, restaurants, Joints…) unless you are sure the food was properly cooked.
3. Wash and sanitize your hands always.