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Lassa Fever in Benin

26 Feb 2018

The World Health Organisation (WHO)  reports a total of 21 cases (8 deaths) in Benin between 8 January and 12 February 2018.

The departments of Alibori, Atacora, Borgou and Collines are affected.

Advice for Travellers

Lassa fever is a low risk for most travellers unless living in poor sanitary conditions with overcrowding in rural areas where the host is usually found. Lassa fever is a viral disease transmitted via the faeces of infected rats. Healthcare workers are at risk if good infection control and barrier nursing methods are not maintained.

Travellers returning from affected areas who develop symptoms of fever, malaise, headache, sore throat, muscle pain, chest pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, and abdominal pain should seek medical advice.