Lassa Fever claims three lives in Liberia

Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) – The National Public Health Institute of Liberia (NPHIL) and the Ministry of Health have announced in Monrovia the death of three persons from Lassa Fever.

The three have since undergone “safe and dignified” burial, while health teams are conducting contact tracing of both health workers and community residents where the victims lived, according to a statement published in local dailies on Friday.

It said no epidemiological link has been established between the three cases, but a total of 134 contacts have been identified and are being followed, including 37 health workers.

The media reports also said as at 7 March no new case of Lassa Fever has been reported.

Lassa Fever is a viral hemorrhagic illness caused by a virus that is transmitted through contact with the urine or feces of infected rodents and through direct contact with body fluids of symptomatic human cases.

In recent years, a consistently increasing trend in the number of Lassa Fever cases has been observed in Liberia and other West African countries.

The countries include Nigeria, where an ongoing outbreak has led to 353 confirmed cases, with eight probable deaths since January this year.
-0- PANA PTK/VAO 9March2018  

09 Março 2018 15:28:00




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