Lassa Fever: 12 more cases confirmed after contact-tracing


The Ghana Health Service (GHS) has announced that 12 more cases of Lassa Fever have been recorded in the country.

The additional cases were confirmed after contact tracing and testing of the two index cases announced on Sunday, February 26.

“This brings to 14 the total number of confirmed cases for this outbreak,” the Service said in a press release issued on Tuesday, February 28.

One has been confirmed dead while the rest are said to be in a stable condition “and are being managed in designated health facilities”.

The Service also noted that about 97 contacts have been identified and “efforts are underway to identify more contacts”.

“A probable case has been reported from Central Region and contacts are being identified and monitored while we await confirmation.

“Psychological support is being provided for all cases and contacts.”

The Service reminded the public to avoid contacts with rodents, ensure good environmental hygiene and institute measures such as storing grain and other foodstuff in rodent-proof containers and avoid contact with blood and body fluids while caring for sick persons.

It asked the public to report to the nearest health facility when unwell.

“We want to assure the public that we will continue to work with our partners to ensure the safety of the entire population.”


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