Lassa fever is a severe viral haemorrhagic illness having a duration of 2-21 days that has been rampaging in West Africa. The Lassa virus is transmissible through humans if they come in direct contact with food contaminated with the waste product (urine and faeces) of rats
The symptoms of Lassa originates with fever, general weakness of the body, and malaria. It is also followed after a few days by sore throat, cough, chest pain, headache, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, and pain in the abdomen may follow. In more severe occasions, swelling of the face occurs, the mouth bleeds, low blood pressure may also be observed.
Simple ways this deadly virus can be prevented is to disallow the entry of rats into our homes, Proper storage of food items, Maintaining a clean environment and disposing waste far from home and as frequent as possible rodents from entering homes.