Two people who have recently returned to the United Kingdom from Western Africa have been diagnosed with Lassa fever, an Ebola-like viral hemorrhagic disease, London confirmed on Wednesday. A third suspected case is “under investigation.”
These cases were both discovered in the same family. Any hemorrhagic disease can pose very uncomfortable and disconcerting symptoms and has a high fatality rate. The symptoms of the disease include fever, weakness, headaches, and vomiting. It can also lead to bleeding from the mouth, gastrointestinal tract, or vagina, and eventually cause death, although its fatality rate is significantly lower than that of Ebola.
A disease endemic to a number of West African nations, Lassa fever is usually transmitted by exposure to food or household items contaminated with urine or the feces of infected rats. It can also spread by exposure to infected bodily fluids. -RT
The UK’s High Consequence Infectious Disease Network is dealing with the ongoing care of the infected patients but believes that the chances of others being infected are low. “Cases of Lassa fever are rare in the UK and it does not spread easily between people. The overall risk to the public is very low. We are contacting the individuals who have had close contact with the cases prior to confirmation of their infection, to provide appropriate assessment, support, and advice,” said Dr. Susan Hopkins, Chief Medical Advisor at UKHSA.
Hundreds of thousands of cases of Lassa fever are registered in West Africa every year. Imported cases are rarely reported outside the region.
Lassa fever is known to be endemic in Benin, Ghana, Guinea, Libera, Mali, Sierra Leone, Togo and Nigeria, but probably exists in other West African nations as well. It’s not easy to distinguish from other viral hemorrhagic fevers, such as Ebola virus disease and malaria, and clinical diagnoses are often difficult, especially early in the course of the disease, because the symptoms are so varied and non-specific, according to the WHO. -ABC News
This kind of illness should be noted. If the ruling class actually wants to do harm to a population whose immunity is all but gone thanks to mRNA shots, this is the kind of virus they will release on us all. Stay alert and prepared. This could be nothing, but it could be important to just be aware of as well.