US traveller dies from Lassa Fever

A traveller from the USA has died in New Jersey after returning from a business trip in Liberia where he became infected with the Lassa fever virus.

Visit our Health Library for more information on exposure to and the prevention of Lassa Fever.

Advice For Travellers

Because this virus is usually not transmitted from person to person, there is no public health risk in New Jersey. However, travellers should be aware that this virus does occur in Nigeria, Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. It may be present in other countries in West Africa.

This infection is transmitted to humans through contact with food or household items that are contaminated with rodent excreta, travellers should avoid contact with rats, especially rat urine and faeces.