The Bayelsa state Government says a suspected case of Lassa Fever has been recorded in the state.
Though details of the case have not been made clearly, the government highlighted the symptoms, causative organisms and preventive measures on the Lassa fever which is a rising challenge in West Africa.
The state Commissioner for health, Pabara Newton Igwele made this awareness on Lassa Fever in a press briefing held in his office in Yenagoa on Tuesday.
He advised health care workers and the public on the transmission of the fever which is caused by Lassa viruses and other agents
The commissioner for health further urged the public and health care workers to take preventive measures such as, washing of hands before consumption of food, disinfecting surfaces and materials in the health care setting to avoid the transmission of the virus which spreads through ingesting food and drinks contaminated with the faeces and urine of infected rodents as well as through person to person transmission.
He further noted that the state is liaising with the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and the World Health Organization as well organizing sensitization programmes in various organization to enlighten the populace to eradicate its transmission.
Our Correspondent reports that there is an isolation centre at Niger Delta University Teaching Hospital to cater for cases of the disease if any is suspected in the state.