REDALERT: LASSA FEVER HITS EKPOMA AND ENVIRONS

REDALERT: LASSA FEVER HITS EKPOMA AND ENVIRONS

REDALERT: LASSA FEVER HITS EKPOMA AND ENVIRONS

This is to inform the general public that 48 cases of LASSA fever have been reported as at 6am today (Sunday, 26 January 2019), at Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital (ISTH).

Majority of the cases reported are from Ekpoma and its environs, with all being recent cases in the last 52 hours. The LASSA fever–a hemorrhagic disease, is caused by the LASSA virus and majorly transmitted by rodents (rats).

You are therefore, by this press release, advised to maintain minimum hygienic standards. Wash your hands with soap at all times. Thoroughly cook your food before eating. Avoid drinking garri henceforth, as it’s the fastest means through which rats transmit the disease. And please, stop eating giant rats in the guise of “African rabbit”. Keep your surroundings/hostels clean. Store your foodstuffs in airtight, rat-proof containers.

And while you ponder on this new incidence of the LASSA virus within Ekpoma and its environs, do not panic, as all hands are on deck to curtail and contain the problem.

To save lives, as prevention is cheaper and better than cure, do share this message across platforms.

Yours in service and to your continued wellness,
Ehizogie E. Iyeomoan,
General Secretary, EPF.“`

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