Fear of Lassa fever: Anambra urges residents to set traps for rats

Fear of Lassa fever: Anambra urges residents to set traps for rats

As the Lassa virus spreads to over 8 states, those still unaffected are trying to prevent outbreaks of their own.

In Anambra, the State Government has urged residents to take a more practical approach, kill the harbingers of the virus.

This was announced by the state Commissioner for Health, Dr Vincent Okpala on Friday at press conference in Awka, the state capital.

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Mr. Okpala noted that the state has recorded no outbreaks as of yet, but it was better to forestall one than manage it.  He added that four dedicated lines had been opened for emergency situations.

He said, “To reduce the risk of Lassa fever, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and Anambra State Ministry of Health offer the following advice: keep your environment clean at all times, block all holes in your house to prevent rats from entry.

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“Cover your dustbins and dispose of refuse properly. Communities should setup dump sites very far from their homes to reduce the chances of having rodents within homes

“Store foodstuff like rice, garri, beans, corn/maize etc in containers which are well covered with tight-fitting lids

“Avoid drying food stuff outside on the floor, roadside where it will be exposed to contamination

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“Avoid bush burning which can lead to the displacement of rats from bushes to human dwellings

“Eliminate rats in homes and communities by setting rat traps and other means.

“Wash your hands with soap under running water/or use of hand sanitisers when appropriate” He added.