Lassa fever confirmed in traveler returning to Minnesota from West Aftrica


On March 31, 2014, a man returning to Minnesota from West Africa was admitted to a hospital in Minnesota with fever and confusion.

Blood samples submitted to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) tested positive for Lassa fever on the evening of April 3. Lassa fever is an acute viral disease common in West Africa but rarely seen in the U.S. The last case of Lassa fever in the United States was in 2010 and was travel-related.

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