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Health Alert Lassa fever in Ghana, one confirmed dead

Dr Nsiah-Asare, therefore, called on the public to be extremely cautious of rodents and maintain good hygiene.

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Lassa fever

The Director General of the Ghana Health Service, Dr. Anthony Nsiah-Asare, has confirmed that the deadly lassa fever has been detected in Ghana.

He said the confirmation follows a test conducted by the Nougouchi Memorial Institute.

Dr Nsiah-Asare, therefore, called on the public to be extremely cautious of rodents and maintain good hygiene.

The GHS recommend the following to all health workers and institutions:

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1. Surveillance on Lassa fever and Acute Haemorrhagic Fevers in general (using case definitions) should be enhanced.

2. Suspected cases of Lassa fever should be managed in specific isolation conditions

3. Health workers should adhere to regular Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) measures to prevent and protect against possible nosocomial transmission

4. Blood sample from suspected case(s) should be taken and safely packaged and sent to Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR) for laboratory investigations

5. All levels (National, Regions, Districts and Facilities) are requested to update their preparedness and response plans for Lassa fever and VHF in general, sensitize the respective staff and create necessary public awareness.

The disease is said to have already affected several countries in West Africa with over 300 cases and 31 deaths in Nigeria.

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