The Commissioner for Health in the State, Doctor Joe Akabuike stated this in a Press briefing in Awka, following the outbreak of Lassa fever in some states in the country.
He listed increased surveillance, sensitization of the people through the Media, distribution of posters and hand bills, as well as training and re-training of health personnel on prevention and management of Lassa fever as the pro-active measures taken.
“We want to re-assure them that the state is really vigilant because we have the State Emergency Committee that actually held meeting to discuss the modalities to handle this. We have personal protective equipment that you can use to help workers in case of any suspected case. And then we have a dedicated ambulance that we are using in handling of infectious disease like ebola or lassa fever.”
Doctor Akabuike said the disease was transmitted by the excreta, blood and urine of multimmamate rats which had twenty-one days incubation period.
The Commissioner enumerated fever, arthralgia, headache, malaise and bleeding from the orifices as some of the symptoms of the disease.
Doctor Akabuike appealed to the people of the State to avoid drinking (soaking) of raw garri and consumption of rats as ways of avoiding the disease.