READ + SHARE: How To Recognize and Treat Lassa Fever


13 States have recorded Lassa Fever and Lassa-fever-related cases, 93 lassa-related deaths reported…yet, no lead-from-the-front charge against the fever from our government, no sensitization Ads I know of…

Well, while we await them, read, divulge and share this please…

The States affected so far include, Bauchi, Nasarawa, Niger, Taraba, Kano, Rivers, Edo, Plateau, Gombe and Oyo…Abuja being the latest..

“The public is hereby assured that governme

Lassa fever is a sudden onset viral illness that occurs in West Africa. The virus is transmitted to humans via objects and food contaminated with the virus, or direct contact with the feces and urine of an infected rat. It can also be transmitted person-to-person through contact with secretions and excretions of someone who is infected. The following will help you to recognize the symptoms of Lassa fever, and understand how it is treated.

Recognize the signs and symptoms of Lassa fever.
Look for:
Pain behind the chest wall (retrosternal pain).
Pink eye (conjunctivitis)
Back pain.
Swelling of the face.
Protein in the urine.
Mucosal bleeding (nose, mouth, lungs, and digestive tract).
Stomach pain.
Hearing loss.
Encephalitis (infection/inflammation of the brain).
Be aware that signs and symptoms of the fever generally appear 1-3 weeks after contact with the virus.
Know that the treatment for the fever consists of an antiviral drug, Ribavirin. Those with the fever should also receive care consisting of maintaining appropriate fluid and electrolyte balance, oxygenation and blood pressure, and treatment of other infections that can occur. Research is under way to develop a vaccine for the illness.

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