The Lassa Fever keeps spreading in the country, in Lagos it was reported that a patient is in isolation at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, LUTH. The Commissioner for Health, Akin Abayomi, revealed in a statement that the patient is currently in isolation at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital and shared how it can be prevented.
Members of the public are further advised to avoid contact with rats, to always cover their food and water properly, cook all their food thoroughly, as well as block all holes in the septic tanks and holes through which rats can enter the house and clear rat hideouts within the premises.
Because Lassa fever can also be spread between humans through direct contact with the blood, urine, faeces, and other body fluids of a person infected with Lassa fever, it’s important that we wash our hands often, with soap and running water and hand sanitisers.
Also an advise from the World Health Organisation stated;
Health-care workers caring for patients with suspected or confirmed Lassa fever should apply extra infection control measures to prevent contact with the patient’s blood and body fluids and contaminated surfaces or materials such as clothing and bedding. When in close contact (within 1 metre) of patients with Lassa fever, health-care workers should wear face protection (a face shield or a medical mask and goggles), a clean, non-sterile long-sleeved gown, and gloves (sterile gloves for some procedures).
Laboratory workers are also at risk. Samples taken from humans and animals for investigation of Lassa virus infection should be handled by trained staff and processed in suitably equipped laboratories under maximum biological containment conditions.
The disease isn’t air borne, and maintaining proper hygiene should keep one safe from it.