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Posted 26 May 2015 by Drugs.com
TUESDAY, May 26, 2015 – A man who returned to the United States after traveling to Liberia in West Africa has died of Lassa fever, federal health officials reported. Lassa fever is a viral disease that's common in West Africa but rarely seen in the United States. This is only the sixth known case of Lassa fever in a traveler returning to the United States since 1969, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The last case of Lassa was reported in Minnesota in 2014. There has never been a documented case of person-to-person transmission of Lassa fever in the United States, the CDC added. The death rate for Lassa is about 1 percent, compared with about a 70 percent death rate for Ebola. This latest case of Lassa fever involved a man who traveled from Liberia to Morocco and then on to JFK International Airport in New York City on May 17. He did not have any ... Read more