The Federal Government of Nigeria has confirm that as of 9th of August 2017, 100 patients has been infected with Lassa Fever and are quarantined at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH).
Reports also say that two patients has died of Lassa fever; its symptoms typically occur 1 – 3 weeks after the patient is infected with the virus and the symptoms include the following-
- Mild symptoms: slight fever, general malaise and weakness, and headache
- Major symptoms: twenty percent of infection individuals experience serious hemorrhaging (in gums, eyes and nose as examples), respiratory distress, repeated vomiting, facial swelling, pain in the chest, back, and abdomen, and shock.
- Advance symptoms: neurological problems, including hearing loss, tremors and encephalitis.
Here are some recommended basic hygiene steps to prevent Lassa and if symptoms present, go to the nearest hospital immediately.
- Lassa fever is transmitted through rates, so avoid contact with rates and fumigate your home and office regularly.
- Pack your food well in rodent proof containers and always cover your food
- Wash your hands often and keep sanitizers at hand and take it easy with handshakes with people.
- Keep your environment clean and empty your bins regularly to prevent rates. https://nigerianews.info/lassa-fever-killed-8-people-in-plateau-state/