Lassa fever case confirmed in Guinea


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The World Health Organization One confirmed case of Lassa fever was reported in Guekedou Health Zone, Guinea on 8 December.

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The patient is a female over 60 years old. A total of 27 contacts have been identified and are being followed up. Public health response activities are ongoing, including an in-depth epidemiological investigation to determine the source of infection.

Lassa fever is an acute viral hemorrhagic fever spread through contact with infected rodents, their urine or droppings. Lassa fever can also be passed from person to person through contact with an infected person’s bodily fluids.

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Symptoms of Lassa fever (fever, chills, headache, and fatigue) develop 1-3 weeks after infection. About 20% of people infected with Lassa fever develop severe illness that can lead to hemorrhagic haemorrhage, shortness of breath, vomiting, facial swelling, chest, back, and abdominal pain, and sometimes death.

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