A One Youth Ambassador and staff with Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, Dr. Hafeez Mukhtar Jahun has on Monday shared with his Facebook friends on how to prevent the spread of endermic Lassa virus.
He also shared some basics points everyone needs to know about the virus.
- No vaccine for Lassa fever is currently available for use in humans.
- Prevention by promoting good “community hygiene” to discourage rodents from entering homes.
- Effective measures include storing grain and other foodstuffs in rodent-proof containers, disposing of garbage far from the home, maintaining clean households and keeping cats.Avoiding contact with blood and body fluids while caring for sick persons.In health-care settings, staff should always apply standard infection prevention and control precautions when caring for patients, regardless of their presumed diagnosis.
- These include basic hand hygiene, respiratory hygiene, use of personal protective equipment (to block splashes or other contact with infected materials), safe injection practices and safe burial practices.