The Plateau State Government says it has identified five categories of people at risk of Lassa Fever.

They include people who live in dirty environments, those expose food items that attract rats to homes, those who practice open sun drying of crops and those who consume rats as a delicacy.

State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Kamshak Kuden told MKB that it is impossible to totally eliminate rats from the human environment.

However, proper hygiene and waste management as well as a shift from the normal open sun drying of crops is key to controlling the rodents, he said.

The Commissioner advised those who consume rats to desist for the meantime.

Dr. Kuden disclosed that the State Governor, Simon Lalong has approved the release of funds for emergency actions against the outbreak.

About 17 cases out of 33 earlier suspected cases were last week confirmed in five LGAs of the State - Jos South, Jos North, Bassa, Riyom and Shendam.

All the identified cases are on isolation in two Teaching Hospitals in Jos and are responding to treatment, MKB learns.