With less than three days into the New Year, the Taraba State Government has confirmed the outbreak of Lassa fever in the state.
According to the Commissioner of Health, Innocent Vakkai, who confirmed the outbreak, “One person died and two others quarantined and their blood samples have already been taken to Irrua Specialists’ Hospital in Edo State for further confirmation.”
Speaking to pressmen on Friday, January 1, Mr. Vakkai urged the general public not to panic as the state government had responded swiftly to the outbreak.
Speaking on how the fever spreads.
“People usually get infected with the Lassa Virus after exposure to infected rodents, while person to person transmission occurs through direct contact with the sick person,” the commissioner said.
He called on the residents to avoid contact with rats especially in the areas where the outbreak occurred.
“Other precautionary measures include putting food in rodent proof containers and wearing protections such as masks, gloves, gowns among others,” he added.
The commissioner further urged anyone who witnesses nasal bleeding as well as bleeding through the anus and mouth to the nearest hospital as they are among the symptoms of the fever.