In a bid to prevent LASSA fever in their community and also kick it out of Nigeria, JCIN-UDUS members staged an awareness rally on 30th January, 2016 in partnership with Rotaract club of UDUS, Students' union of UDUS and Active citizens (British council) UDUS.
In the course of the rally, flyers and leaflets were distributed and a brief talk on LASSA fever, the causes and preventive measures was given to both the students and marketers of Usmanu Danfodiyo University Sokoto.
Lassa fever or Lassa hemorrhagic fever (LHF) is an acute viral hemorrhagic fever caused by the Lassa virus It frequently infects people in West Africa. It results in 300,000 to 500,000 cases annually and causes about 5,000 deaths each year.
The primary animal host of the Lassa virus is the Natal multimammate mouse (Mastomys natalensis), an animal found in most of sub-Saharan Africa. The virus is said to be transmitted by contact with the feces or urine of animals accessing grain stores in residences.
At least 40 Nigerians have lost their lives to the current outbreak of Lassa Fever across 10 states of the federation