Dr. Mohammed Mutocheluh talks about Lassa Fever on Tek TV
Lassa fever, an acute viral hemorrhagic illness, is endemic in most of West Africa, especially Nigeria, where it was discovered in 1969. Symptoms can be mild or severe, including hemorrhaging in the gums, eyes or nose. Many of its symptoms mimic Ebola, but Lassa fever is caused by the Lassa virus and transmitted by multimammate rats. The disease is transmitted to humans through contact with food or items contaminated by infected rats or through contact with bodily fluids from an infected person. A virologist at the microbiological department in KNUST, Dr. Mohammed Mutocheluh cautions Ghanaians about the Lassa Virus and its preventive measures.