Lassa fever fear: Govt knocks traders for flooding Benue with live rats

Many rats

By Paul Dada

The Benue State government has warned  traders to stop  buying too many live rats and bringing  them into the state as this could cause an outbreak of Lassa fever in the state.

The State Epidemiologist, Dr. Terungwa Ngishe  while speaking at a one-day Sensitisation Engagement on Antimicrobial Resistance, AMR, organised in Makurdi by the Benue State office of One Health, said  the traders were bringing in the rats from states like Kano, Kaduna, and Bauchi

According to him, the rat traders were taking advantage of the fact that people in Benue eat rats.

He said, “Rats are not eaten in some other parts of the northern states. So the rats are freely caught and brought into Benue, thereby exposing the people to the outbreak of Lassa fever.

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“This is especially so since the traders would not be able to differentiate the species of rats that carry the virus.

“People bring the live rats in sacks. And it will surprise you to know that these rats are coming from other states like Kano, Kaduna, Bauchi and others into Benue.”



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