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This state has just banned drinking garri because of LASSA fever

Due to the increase in the spread of Lassa fever nationwide, the Anambra state government have placed a ban on drinking garri.

Akabuike stated this while educating residents of the state on measures to prevent the disease, which is spreading in parts of the country.

“The garri you see spread along the highway while you’re traveling is very risky to consume, especially when you drink it. It is better and surer consuming the ones you prepared yourself. We are by this enlightenment prohibiting the drinking of garri in the state,” he said.

He also went on to say, “Like any other form of the disease, good hygiene practices and taking precautions over all forms of symptoms among family members and friends will go a long way to curb the spread of diseases. Hand washing remains an effective way of preventing diseases. Families, as well as corporate organizations, should re-adopt the use of tip taps and hand sanitisers placed in public places.”

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Lassa fever is a viral infection carried by the multimammate rat which is one of the most common mice in equatorial Africa found across much of sub-Saharan Africa. The disease is commonly caused by contact with food or household items contaminated with rodent urine or feces.

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