The University Management wishes to alert all staff and students on the global outbreak of Corona Virus disease and also the prevalence of Lassa fever disease in several states of Nigeria including our own Edo State.
The symptoms of these diseases are as follows:
Symptoms of Corona Virus
Common signs of Corona Virus infection includes respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death. (Source: WHO)
Symptoms of Lassa fever
Lassa fever starts with fever, general weakness, and malaise. After a few days, headache, sore throat, muscle pain, chest pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, cough, and abdominal pain may follow. In severe cases facial swelling, fluid in the lung cavity, bleeding from the mouth, nose, vagina or gastrointestinal tract and low blood pressure may develop. Protein may be noted in the urine. Shock, seizures, tremor, disorientation, and coma may be seen in the later stages. (Source: WHO).
Precaution and Prevention
Incidentally, the recommended precautions for the two ailments are similar maybe also because the two diseases are caused primarily by contact with animals such as rat, bat and other form of vectors.
Standard recommendations to prevent infection spread include :
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or use an alcohol-base hand rub if your hands are not visibly dirty
- When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue – discard tissue immediately into a closed bin and clean your hands with alcohol-base hand rub or soap and water.
- Thoroughly cook food items including meat and eggs.
- Avoid close contact with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness such as coughing and sneezing.
- Avoid eating and touching rat and bushmeats including bat.
- Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth because you can transfer the virus from contaminated surface to yourself.
- If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early.
Protect yourself and others from getting sick.
Mr. Obajide ILUGBO
HEAD, PUBLIC RELATIONS UNIT
IGBINEDION UNIVERSITY OKADA