Lassa fever kills one person in Accra

Lassa fever kills one person in Accra

- One person has been confirmed dead in Accra from Lassa fever

- Lassa fever is an acute viral hemorrhagic illness transmitted to humans through contact with food or household items contaminated with rodent urine or faeces

Ghana has recorded its first case of Lasser fever after one person was confirmed to have died from the disease on Thursday.

The deceased was diagnosed to have died from the deadly disease by the Tema General Hospital where he victim was on admission.

Lassa fever kills one person in Accra

The viruses, which are often transmitted by rodents and bats, can cause fever, vomiting and bleeding, are often fatal.

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Some weeks ago there was an outbreak of the Lasser fever in Nigeria, with over 1,081 suspected cases being recorded, including 90 deaths.

The World Health Organization (WHO) stepped in to help save the situation by teaming up with national and international health agencies to tackle the deadly disease.

Subsequently, the Ghana Health Service also issued an alert on the disease to all Regional Directors of Health Services and CEOs of Teaching Hospitals.

The Service called on the various health institutions to enhance surveillance for Lassa fever and Acute Haemorrhagic fevers in general.

Persons affected by the deadly Lasser fever often experience a general weakness, and in worst cases headaches, sore throat, muscle pain, chest pain, vomiting, diarrhoea and abdominal pains.

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No solution has been found for the outbreak yet, however, authorities of the Ghana Health Service are reportedly engaged in a serious meeting to curtail the situation before it escalates into a national crisis.

Meanwhile, the relatives and Health officials who came into contact with the deceased are being monitored to ascertain if they also contracted the fever.

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