hospitalization of a man with Lassa fever

hospitalization of a man with Lassa fever
hospitalization of a man with Lassa fever

A man suffering from Lassa fever was hospitalized at the Bégin military hospital, in Saint-Mandé, in Val-de-Marne, according to information from BFMTV confirmed by The Parisian . This is a soldier who returned from abroad, according to the Ministry of Health.

If the patient’s vital prognosis is not in jeopardy, an epidemiological investigation is currently being carried out to identify the people who have been in contact with him, underline the two media. This hemorrhagic fever, endemic in certain West African countries, infects 100,000 to 300,000 people per year, of whom 5,000 to 6,000 die, underlines the Pasteur Institute.

No or minimally symptomatic in 80% of cases

“The disease begins 6 to 21 days after infection”, he specifies, and is not or only slightly symptomatic in 80% of cases. In the most severe cases, symptoms can lead to “lightning hemorrhagic fever”.

The virus can be transmitted from person to person “by direct contact with the blood, urine, excrement or other organic secretions of a contaminated person. The risk of secondary cases occurring is therefore limited to people who have had direct contact with the patient’s biological fluids, in particular the healthcare personnel who took care of them.recalls the ministry.

Contact persons at risk “were contacted by the health authorities”, he added. The virus takes its name from the town of Lassa in northern Nigeria, where it was first identified in 1969, the report said.AFP.

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