Lassa fever: Desist from bush burning, doctor cautions Enugu residents



Dr Okechukwu Ossai, Director of Public Health, Enugu State Ministry of Health, has cautioned the residents to desist from bush burning to avoid influx of rodent into homes.

Ossai gave the advice in an interview with the New Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday in Enugu.

He said that avoidance of bush burning would reduce the number of rodents that entered people’s homes thereby preventing the spread of Lassa fever which is caused by infected rats.

He said: “the State Government had earlier this year warned that anybody caught indulging in bush burning would be severely dealt with.

“Bush burning will definitely cause rodents and rats in those bushes to find their ways into residential areas.

“Whenever we burn bushes around us, rats eventually run into our houses. They contaminate our food and other with their secretions, urine and excretions and this leads to…

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