Toyin Saraki lends support for Lassa Fever Awareness
With the recent outbreak of Lassa fever in Nigeria, the Wellbeing Foundation Africa (WBFA) on Friday, January 15, 2016 has urged awareness of Lassa fever in pregnancy and its prevention.
Focusing on the effect of Lassa fever on pregnancy, the Wellbeing Foundation Africa said that pregnant women, especially those in the third trimester of pregnancy, face a higher risk of contracting the disease.
According to the organization, it causes mortality in 95 per cent of cases. As studies have indicated, the increased likelihood of mortality at this stage of pregnancy is due to immunosuppression associated with the third trimester of pregnancy.
The Lassa virus causing fever can be transmitted through contact with an infected rodent or contact with the bodily secretions of an infected person, including mother-to-child transmission and consumption of infected food items.
The foundation, led by Toyin Saraki, the wife of the Senate president, emphasised the importance of hand-washing and rodent control, while warning against contact with infected bodily fluids to prevent Lassa fever.