Health

Lassa Fever: Enugu state health director cautions residents against bush burning

ENUGU, Nigeria – Dr Boniface Okolo, the Director of Public Health, Enugu State Ministry of Health, says uncontrolled bush burning may bring about the spread of Lassa fever disease from fleeing rodents into homes.

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Okolo told the New Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Enugu that fleeing rodents from burning bushes were likely to run into homes for safety.

He said that rodents carrying Lassa fever would defecate on raw and cooked food stuffs not properly covered in the homes they had fled into for safety.

He said this could become a threat to the safety and health of people living in such homes.

“Bush burning will definitely cause rodents and rats in those bushes to find their way into residential areas for safety.

“Whenever we burn bushes around us, rats eventually run into our houses. They contaminate our food stuffs with their secretions, urine and excretions and this leads to household members contracting Lassa fever.”

The director advised citizens to maintain proper hygiene in their environments, and always cover all foodstuffs to prevent rodents from contaminating them.

He also advised the public to fumigate their homes and keep their environments clean.

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