ABUJA, Nigeria — The government of Nigeria on Sunday launched a nationwide campaign to eradicate Lassa fever.
The death toll from the disease has risen to more than 100 this year.
Nigerian Minister of Environment Mohammad Abubakar commended Nigerians to protect their homes from rats and other rodents because they are the vectors through which the disease can be easily spread, especially where sanitation is poor.
Abubaker said the ministry will ensure that the country’s environment is kept clean, which is the most effective way to prevent the disease.
Lassa fever is an acute hemorrhagic disease caused by Lassa virus, which is transmitted to humans through contact with food or household items contaminated by rodent feces.