Lassa Fever Awareness Heightens In Bayelsa
The Ministry of Health in Bayelsa State has increased awareness for Haemorrhagic Fever (VHF) popularly known as Lassa Fever, to guard against outbreak of the disease.
The awareness held at the Gabriel Okara Cultural Centre on Wednesday was handled by Dr. Stone Yeri, an official of the Ministry of Health.
It highlighted how deadly Lassa fever is, its symptoms, transmission and treatment.
Addressing a gathering at the centre, Dr. Yeri said the disease is very dangerous and transmitted by a particular rat - the multi mammary rat (rat with many breasts).
"The disease occurs through the year but mostly during the dry season. It spreads through eating food or drinking water contaminated with the rat's urine, saliva and faeces," Dr. Yeri clearly stated.
On how Lassa fever spreads, the doctor said having physical contact with an infected person promotes the risk of contracting the disease.
Symptoms of Lassa fever are: Diarrhoea, malaise, fever, high temperature, watery stool with bloody mucus, dehydration, headache, skin rashes, bleeding from orifice (openings in the body).
The doctor also urged residents of the state to report any case of the disease to health officials for proper handling.
One of the first things that health officials do to infected person is to quickly isolate them while Ribavirin is administered immediately.
According to Dr. Yeri, about four medical doctors have died from the disease in Ebonyi State.