With the out break of Lassa Fever in major cities in Nigeria, it is important to learn about this deadly disease which has become the burning health issue in Nigeria today.
Arm yourself with these vital information:
1 A disease caused by Lassa virus.
2 Spread to humans through contact with food or household items contaminated with urine or faeces of a multimammary (multiple breasts) rat.
3 Not everyone presents with symptoms
4 For those with symptoms, it starts gradually with high body temperature, general weakness, and feel of being unwell.
5 Few days after, presents with headache, sore throat, muscle pain, chest pain, irritability making one feel like vomiting (nausea), vomiting, passage of frequent, watery stool, cough, and abdominal pain. These are all typical symptoms of malaria
To know more about Lassa fever, stay tuned to this column.
Dr Badru-Sulaiman Zulaykha A.
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