HEALTH AND MEDICINE

LASSA FEVER STILL MUCH AROUND!


Lassa fever has killed two patients at the Lagos State Teaching Hospital (LUTH) in the Idi-Araba area of the
state. The hospital management confirmed the development to Sun on Tuesday.

LUTH said about 100 workers are being monitored. Last month, one pupil of the Federal Government College, Langtang, Plateau State, died of Lassa fever, while two others were hospitalised.

The Lassa virus is transmitted to humans
via contact with food or household items
contaminated with rodent urine or faeces.

Person-to-person infections and laboratory transmission can also occur, particularly in hospitals lacking adequate infection prevention and control measures.

Prevention of Lassa fever relies on promoting good “community hygiene” to discourage rodents from entering homes.

Beware of rodents especially rats. You might consider buying a cat that will keep the rats out.

Stay healthy
mcn

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