Lassa fever deaths in Benin

Two people have died from Lassa fever infections in the towns of Tchaourou and Tanguiéta. There have been 61 sporadic cases reported in the country, but the report does not specify the geographic location of the cases or the time period over which they occurred.

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Advice For Travellers

The risk for the general traveller is low. All the reported cases have occurred sporadically. This infection is transmitted to humans through contact with food or household items that are contaminated with rodent excreta or through direct contact with the bodily fluids of an infected person. Travellers should avoid contact with rats, especially their urine and faeces. Travellers should also practice careful personal hygiene by washing their hands frequently especially when caring for sick patients who might have this infection. Although most infections are mild, Lassa fever can be a severe viral haemorrhagic illness in 1 out of every 5 infected people.

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