12 new cases of Lassa Fever confirmed in Ghana; one dead

Twelve new cases of Lassa Fever have been confirmed by the Ghana Health Service (GHS) after further tests were conducted by the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research.

The GHS figures were confirmed after it traced 56 contacts of the initial two cases confirmed on Sunday. Currently, the active cases of Lassa Fever now stand at 13.

One person has so far died from the disease.

On Sunday, the GHS disclosed that the first case was a 40-year-old trader, who was unwell for a period of about two weeks and finally died at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital.

The second case is a contact of the fatal case and is currently on admission but is very stable. So far, 56 contacts have been identified and are being followed up by the Ghana Health Service.

Lassa fever (a viral hemorrhagic fever) is endemic in Benin, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Sierra Leone, and Nigeria.

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