Newspapers used in wrapping suya, groundnut and akara can cause Lassa fever – Medical experts
“Newspapers used in wrapping suya, groundnut, bole (roasted plantain), roast yam, fried yam, and akara for us are sometimes from the stores where there are rats and this can expose us to Lassa fever.
Newspapers cannot be washed, so let us be careful. If u must eat suya, akara, groundnut, masa, go with your container.
Lassa fever is real……
If you are in: Edo, Ondo, Imo, Ebonyi, Kano, Delta, Taraba, Plateu, Bauchi, Lagos, Kaduna, Kogi and Borno
It has NO cure. ONLY prevention.
There seems to be very little said about it in the news. I wonder why.
But make no mistake.
Lassa FEVER is deadly.
It is caused by a virus from the same family as Ebola. This is not a joke.
Inform other people.
Keep your kitchen and homes clean.
Avoid rats please.
Lassa fever is spread by contact through the urine and feces of infected rats and rodents. It may be house rats or bush rats. Please be careful.
People that eat rats- please stay away completely at this time.
28 people are dead right now in 14 states. Over 200 are in danger.
This is the time to cultivate healthy habits that discourage rats from thriving in our homes. Use a rat gum/rat poisons if u have to.
Don’t eat any leftover food especially in an environment that rats may be plenty. Those rats may have stooled/urinated in that food.
I beg you.
When you find a dead rat in your house, don’t pick it with bare hands. The blood and bodily fluid of a living/dead rat can infect you.
Use gloves to pick any living or dead rat you find in your house and bury it safely or burn it totally. Don’t dispose rats anyhow anywhere, please.
Keep gutters & drainage clean especially around the house.
Don’t let garbage and house waste always accumulate in your home. Dispose ASAP.
Cover foods in your house properly.
Use airtight containers.
Lock your cupboards.
Cover holes and opening to prevent rats.
Keep kitchen clean.
And to my friends from Benue, Niger or any state where house rats are seen as a delicacy, please STOP EATING RATS.
This is not safe.
If anyone just suddenly falls ill with a fever, body aches, cough, vomiting etc; kindly go to a hospital.
Don’t assume it is malaria.
Please Share for awareness.
*By Dr. Olufunmilayo* and
Yinka Folorunso Fadayomi