The government of Anambra, a state in southeastern Nigeria, has banned the drinking of raw garri, which it says can lead to Lassa fever.
The disease is transmitted to humans via food and objects contaminated with rodent urine or faeces, according to the World Health Organisation.
Garri is a popular Nigerian food made from cassava that can be eaten or drunk. If it is cooked thoroughly, the Lassa fever virus will die.
But many Nigerians consume it raw.
“The garri you see spread along the highway while you’re travelling is very risky to consume, especially when you drink it,” said Anambra’s State Commissioner for Health, Dr Joe Akabuike.
He added that much of this garri has been has been exposed to contamination.
Meanwhile, Ondo govt confirms death of five persons from lassa fever outbreak , the Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Yemi Olowolabi made this known and listed the affected four local government areas in the state as Owo, Akoko southwest, Akure North and Akure south.