Plateau State Government, yesterday, confirmed the outbreak of lassa fever in the state.
Commissioner for Health, Dr Kunden Deyin, while addressing journalists, said ten suspected cases of the disease were recorded in the state, while two tested positive to the disease and one of them is a student of the University of Jos.
He said the state government has risen to the challenge by deploying health workers to sensitise citizens on symptoms and preventive measures of Lassa fever.
Lassa fever is transmitted through the urine and excreta of rats which serves as a reservoir for the lass virus and this rodent is usually attracted to dirty and flirty environments.
“We have commenced aggressive sensitisation and awareness campaign in the state. The campaign is aimed at enlightening people on how to prevent the disease and ensure that it is nipped in the bud.’’
He cautioned citizens to always keep their environment clean and to keep their food away from rodents.
On the recorded cases of polio in the country, the commissioner said the last time Plateau recorded a case of polio was in 2009 and the state government is doing everything possible to sustain it.