- The health ministry is on a red alert against the imminent outbreak of Lassa Fever
- 80 percent of all rats at Tema have been killed over this issue
- Nigeria has recorded 449 cases of Lassa Fever since the beginning of the year
The ministry of health has raised a red alarm over the possible outbreak of the deadly Lassa Fever in Ghana.
So far, the outbreak of the disease in Nigeria continues to spread very fast as 449 suspected cases of Lassa fever have been reported across 17 States since January 1 alone.
Here in Ghana, the ministry of health has issued a health alert across the entire country. Currently, there is strict surveillance across all borders in the country.
Meanwhile, the Tema Metropolitan Assembly (TMA), has killed 80 percent of all rats, the carriers of the disease, from the Community One market.
Causes of Lassa Fever.
Lassa Fever is a fever caused by the Lassa virus found in Rodents (Rats, mice, cockroaches...) are the known vectors of the Lassa virus.
The Lassa virus is transmitted to humans via contact with food or household items contaminated with the urine or faeces of rats.
It is also transmitted through contact with bodily fluids (including urine and sweat), faeces 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 to 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.
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