The students of the Kwara State University, (KWASU), on Wednesday sensitized the people of Idofian, a rural community in Ifelodun Local Government area of Kwasra on the spread and inherent dangers of Lassa fever.
According to health reports, Lassa fever is a viral haemorrhagic fever with symptoms similar to that of Ebola virus disease which usually spark a seasonal outbreak between December to March.
Mrs. Modupe Ige, a health practitioner, explained that Lassa fever was a type of hemorrhagic fever in humans and other primates caused by a virus from rodents with eight breasts. She warned the community people against allowing rats to have access to their food stuff to avoid being infected.
Ige said that residents of rural areas must be worried of drying their food on the floor, roadside or open space to avoid contamination.
“There is a need to improve on your personal hygiene as a way of preventing the spread of the disease. Rats are the cause of the fever and it takes six to twenty-one days to show symptoms if one is infected,” she stated.
Earlier, Malam Usman Aliyu, said the campaign was organized to raise awareness on the scourge of the disease particularly in rural areas, which are the most vulnerable. He said that the disease was traced to a village called Lassa in Borno, in 1969 and noted that about 5,000 people died of the fever yearly.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the students also staged a drama to further enlighten the residents of the community on the illness.