Lassa fever prevention: Kano Committee cautions residents on sanitation

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An ecologist extracts a sample of blood from a Mastomys Natalensis rodent in the village of Jormu in southeastern Sierra Leone February 8, 2011. Lassa fever, named after the Nigerian town where it was first identified in 1969, is among a U.S. list of "category A" diseases -- deemed to have the potential for major public health impact -- alongside anthrax and botulism. The disease is carried by the Mastomys Natalensis rodent, found across sub-Saharan Africa and often eaten as a source of protein. It infects an estimated 300,000-500,000 people each year, and kills about 5,000. Picture taken February 8, 2011. To match Reuters-Feature BIOTERROR-AFRICA/ REUTERS/Simon Akam (SIERRA LEONE - Tags: HEALTH SOCIETY ANIMALS) - GM1E72F07HC01

The Kano state Task Force Committee on sanitation has cautioned residents to embrace hygienic let me style to prevent Lassa fever infection.

The Chairman of the task Force and the state Commissioner for environment, Dr Kabir Getso gave the warning after monitoring the monthly environmental sanitation in Kano.

Getso, represented by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Mr Hussam Khury, expressed decried the laxity of residents in complying to the January exercise.

According to him, “All we are doing is for the benefit of the people and they have to appreciate it by complying to what is expected of them.”

He charged residents to ensure proper hygiene as the state had reported cases of lassa fever outbreak recently.

The Commissioner warned tricycle operators to desist from unnecessary movement and learn to stay indoors for the three hour exercise.

The Task force committee however, warned builders to avoid dumping building materials on drains and water ways to avoid blockage and flood.