Mastomys natalensis – This is the botanical name of the rat responsible for Lassa fever. It’s females are known for being multimammate, that is, having multiple breasts. It belongs to the Muridae family and is a common African rat. These rats are closely associated with humans and have very soft fur
In 1972, the Mastomys natalensis was found to be the natural host of the Lassa fever virus.
In order to avoid this virus you are advised to emulate the hand washing hygiene as you can never be sure of where the rat has been to. When eating fruits, you should wash them properly with salt and warm water and store them in the refrigerator. Eating dry garri is not advisable because you are not sure which species of rat has been dancing in it.
Stay Safe and Stay Healthy.