Keeping cats at home as pets could serve as preventive measure against lassa fever disease, according to the Gombe state Commissioner of Health, Dr Kenedy Ishaya.
Speaking on how to tackle the disease in a chat with NAN on Monday, Ishaya said hat cats could play the role of guards by scaring away rats that infect people with Lassa fever.
He also advised Nigerians to maintain personal hygiene.
“People must ensure that they keep their environment clean, particularly stores and kitchen, so that rats will not have a hiding place,” he told the news agency.
“Cover your food properly so that rats will not urinate or defacate on it because their urine and faeces contains the virus as their bite.”