How To Reduce Chances Of Lassa Fever Infection By Protecting Your Food

How To Reduce Chances Of Lassa Fever Infection By Protecting Your Food

With the recent death of a medical doctor due to the Lassa fever virus, we owe to ourselves to do everything possible to prevent infection.

How To Reduce Chances Of Lassa Fever Infection By Protecting Your Food

The easiest way to transmit the Lassa fever virus is through food. The common rat that transmits Lassa fever virus lives around houses and has the habit of contaminating food that is left open with its faeces and urine, which has the virus. Therefore all forms of food contaminated with its urine and eaten without any processing with heat that kills the virus will transmit the virus

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  • Always try to process your food with heat before eating.
  • Do not leave leftovers opened or on the kitchen counter
  • Cover foodstuff in airtight containers
  • Treat your water before drinking. It is preferable to boil the water.
  • Eat good food.  Lots of vegetables and fruits.
  • Take your personal hygiene seriously.

There is currently no vaccine that protects against Lassa fever. Prevention of Lassa fever relies on promoting good “community hygiene” to discourage rodents from entering homes. Effective measures include storing grain and other foodstuffs in rodent-proof containers, disposing of garbage far from the home, maintaining clean households

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