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Prevent Lassa Fever

    Putting Food Away From Mastomys Rats: The primary prevention of Lassa fever is avoiding coming in contact with the host known as Mastomys rats. Keeping the home clean help discourage rat from entering the house and always put your food in a rat-proof container. Stop the idea of using rats as a source of food, eating rat is definitely not recommended. 

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    Keep Your Environment Free From Rats: Endeavour to do whatever it takes to keep your environment free from rats. By doing this, you would be reducing the possibility of contacting the virus. Such action will keep your house neat and your documents will also be saved from rats

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    Avoid Eating Bush Meat: Apparently, bush meats have the highest percentage of protein amount other meats. In other to prevent the prominent rodent virus, it is highly recommended that everyone should abstain from eating bush meat until the nation is cleared off Lassa Virus. Meanwhile, eating rat leftover foods, foods that contain their urine, or poop (i.e rat droppings) or all in combine is highly dangerous as people could easily contract the virus by eating such foods.   

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    Suspected Victim: In case of any suspected victim of the virus, such person should be taken to the nearest General Hospital or any government health centre nearby. It’s highly dangerous to the life of the victim and the people around him or her to attempt self or unprofessional treatment of this killer virus. 

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    Avoid Contact With An Infected Person: While providing care for an infected, person-to-person must be avoided by taking preventative precautions against contact with secretion from infected persons called, 'VHG isolation precautions,' or barrier nursing methods. This includes wearing of protective cloth such as rubber gowns, masks, goggles and gloves; and also using infection control measures such as the sterilisation of equipment. People infected with Lassa fever must be isolated, so that unprotected person will not come in contact with the infected person, not until the disease has run its course.

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    Educating People in High Risk Areas: People living in high risk area should be educated on how to lower the rat population in their homes and environment and also not eat rat left over foods. Apparently, this will help prevent and control the Lassa fever. Establishment of diagnostic centre with the provision of vaccines (i.e Ribavirin) in these areas will help to contain the virus at the early stage. Educating people about the latest rodent virus should not be limited to the high risk areas alone. It is of a great important for everyone to educates their family, staffs, colleagues, neighbours and people close to them about this live taken virus.

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  • Edit Tips Keeping the home clean help discourage rodent from entering the house and always put your food in a rat-proof container.
  • Edit Tips Always make sure you cook your foods very well before eating
  • Edit Tips Don't return to your leftover foods if they are at reach of rats


  • Edit Warning If any case or symptoms of Lassa fever is seen, it should be reported immediately to any medical centre or unit, to avoid transmission to unprotected people around.
  • Edit Warning Never try self medication on strong symptoms of Lassa fever.

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