South Africa Receives First Lassa Fever Case Since 2007

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South Africa Receives First Lassa Fever Case Since 2007

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  • South Africa has identified an imported case of Lassa fever, a hemorrhagic virus harbored by rats and communicated to people. The infection is quick to be recognized in the country since 2007. The case was identified in a man in the southeastern area of KwaZulu-Natal who had traveled to Nigeria, the National Institute for Communicable Diseases said in an articulation on Friday. The man has died, the NICD said. Lassa fever is endemic in West Africa and kills around 5,000 individuals a year.