Outbreak of Lassa fever, Lassa rat invasion in Nigeria

Lassa-rats-220x177Poisonous rat’s and haemorrhagic fever outbreak has caused pandemonium in the outskirt of Owo, Akoko, Nigeria, foods items were contaminated by the Lassa rats and many rendered sick and feverish.

The massive invasion of Lassa rats were witnessed in Owo, Akoko in Ondo and Edo states of Nigeria.

On Thursday, the Ondo State Government called on residents in the states to be sanitary home vigilant, improve on environmental hygiene and to improve on their personal and food items wellness and hygiene to prevent further spread of Lassa rats and to prevent spread of the hemorrhagic fever in the states.

The Permanent Secretary of the state Ministry of Health, Dr Taiye Oni, made the urgent call in a released statement to newsmen in the state capita Akure, Ondo.

Dr. Taiye Oni was quoted as follows “Following the outbreak of Lassa fever in Owo and Akoko Southwest Local Government Areas, the Ondo State Government is ready to nip it in the bud and the residents should not entertain fear.

“We appeal to residents not to panic but to intensify personal and environmental hygiene, wash hands regularly, get rid of rats and all rodents.

“Avoid overcrowding and avoid mixing with people with symptoms, avoid self-medication when there is fever and headache, and body fluid from dead people.

“The epidemic which seems to have become a reoccurring decimal annually in some part of the state during the dry season, seems to have changed its pattern by deciding to break during the raining season and in Akoko where it has never occurred before.”

Dr. Oni assured the general public of the state government commitment to eradicate Lassa rat and to fight the pandemic diseases to a standstill in the state.

That all the concerned government institutions are working intensely to ensure that the diseases do not spread to other communities.

That the Ondo and Edo state government was collaborating with the Specialist Hospital, Irua which is in Edo State, and Federal Medical Centre Owo to tackle the Lassa fever outbreak to a standstill.

That the states government has further taken a preventive measure to sensitized the general public; create awareness in rural communities, Health personnels had been sensitised and were combat-ready and making the Infectious Disease Annex of the State Specialist Hospital, Akure, functional and its public health laboratory for quick laboratory result.

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