Tuesday, 19 January 2016

» See the Rat that Causes Lassa Fever and Other Important Details (Photos)

The spread of Lassa fever in Nigeria
has necessitated a need to enlighten
the general public about means of
identifying the pest carrying the
virus which is detrimental to human
health.
Multimammate rat
The name of the rat that possesses
and spreads the virus that causes
lassa fever is called Multimammate
rat (because it has many titss like all
these local street dogs after delivery)
, while the botanical name is
Mastomys Natalensis.
There is also an upsurge of the
disease everywhere. So we should all
practice hand washing hygiene. Also
all apple lovers should wash them
with salt and warm water before
refrigerating them to eat. Our wives
should avoid testing of dry garri by
chewing them for starch in the
market. All garri soakers should let
go for now.
The problem is that most of our garri
sellers in the market buy their garri
from bush markets. These garri are
often fried half dry and are
subsequently dried on polythene
sheets on the tarred roads or
compounds in the villages.
These rat dive in at will, to feed
their hungry bellies and in the
process defecate and urinate on the
garri, which dry up with it. If used
for Eba, the virus may die because of
the hot water used. But if soaked, the
virus is directly ushered in. Please
no one should joke with this
precaution, except you process your
cassava yourself.

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