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Ghana Confirms First Death of Lassa Fever

Accra, Mar 2.- Ghana confirmed its first death due to Lassa fever, after the blood tests performed on the deceased in the General Hospital of Tema, in this capital.

Health sources indicated that the Noguchi Memorial Medical Research Institute ratified the positive to the disease.

A statement from the Ministry of Health says the 26-year-old man was taken to the hospital with general weakness of the body, severe headache, joint pains and profuse vomiting of blood with clots at the time of admission.

According to the report, it was established that in the last three weeks he traveled to the western regions of Volta and Brong-Ahafo, for which contact follow-up was started and the regional and district health facilities were informed about the case.

The epidemic has already caused 73 deaths in Nigeria, one in the Republic of Guinea, although in this case the victim died in Liberia, not in Guinean soil, while in Benin the scourge has already claimed 12 lives.

This condition is asymptomatic in 80 percent of cases, but in others it can cause serious, hemorrhagic or neurological damage.

Fever is an acute hemorrhagic disease of two to 21 days, caused by the Lassa virus, belonging to the family of arenaviruses, and there is no vaccine to prevent it.

It is transmitted to humans through contact with food or household items contaminated by the excreta of rodents, and its effect on pregnant women and fetuses is devastating. (Prensa Latina)