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Liberia— Lassa Fever Resurges With Persons Confirmed Dead

The National Public Health Institute of Liberia (NPHIL) and the Ministry of Health (MoH) have confirmed three cases of Lassa Fever in Montserrado and Nimba counties. All those showed to be  wearing the fever have died, an MoH launch has stated.

According to the release, the sufferers had been given a secure and dignified burial. The county health teams at the moment are doing contact tracing on each healthcare workers and community members who came into contact with the patients throughout their symptomatic length and are considered to be at danger.

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A total of 134 contacts were identified and are currently being observed-up (Montserrado, one zero five, Margibi, 25 and Nimba 4), which include 37 healthcare employees. As of March 7, 2018, no new showed Lassa fever instances were said, the release said.

Considering the fact that January 1 this year, a complete of 28 suspected instances of Lassa fever have been pronounced throughout Liberia, along with 12 deaths. of these, seven cases have been confirmed via the countrywide Public health Reference Laboratory (NPHRL). these had been located in Nimba (4), Montserrado (2) and Bong (1).

In current years, a consistently increasing fashion within the range of Lassa fever cases has been found in Liberia and other nations throughout West Africa.

This consists of Nigeria, where an ongoing outbreak has caused 353 showed cases, with 78 confirmed and eight probable deaths because January 1, 2018.

Public Health motion taken with the aid of the NPHIL, MoH and companions are to make certain that all counties are aware about and prepared for managing any extra Lassa fever cases; disseminating health promoting messages approximately the signs and signs and symptoms of Lassa fever; re-training Redemption health facility staff in Lassa fever case control and secure handling of cases; adapting case definition and screening equipment; conducting surveillance and contact tracing in affected counties.

 What is Lassa Fever?

Lassa fever is a viral hemorrhagic infection due to an epidemic that is transmitted through contact with the urine or feces of infected rodents and through direct contact with body fluids of infected individuals.

Signs and symptoms of Lassa fever consist of vomiting, respiration misery, chest ache, hiccups, and unexplained bleeding.