South Africa identifies the initial circumstance of Lassa fever considering the fact that 2007

Wellness worker all through a Lassa fever outbreak in the village of Serabu around Kenema, Sierra Leone.

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South Africa has discovered an imported circumstance of Lassa fever, a haemorrhagic virus hosted by rats and transmitted to people. The infection is the to start with to be detected in the region considering that 2007.

The situation was identified in a male in the southeastern province of KwaZulu-Natal who experienced traveled to Nigeria, the National Institute for Communicable Health conditions reported Friday. The guy is useless, the NICD reported.

Lassa fever is endemic to West Africa and kills around 5,000 individuals a yr.

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