Patient dies from very rare disease in UK — Analysis

This is the third known case of infected person from the country.

On Friday, the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA), announced that a patient suffering from Lassa fever had died. The UKHSA stated that the patient was admitted to a hospital in Bedfordshire before he passed away. This illness is very rare in this country.

Two people recently returning from West Africa were infected by the Ebola virus. Their relative was the person who perished.

“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. The risk to the general public remains very low,”The UKHSA declared. 

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According to a spokesperson for Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, a thorough contact tracing exercise will be conducted.

Lassa fever is caused by the Lassa virus and hasn’t been seen in the UK for 13 years. In the UK, there have been eight Lassa fever cases since 1980.

Exposure to the urine and feces infected rats is what usually causes it. Similar to Ebola, it can be transmitted from one person to another through bodily fluids.

It can lead to weakness, nausea, vomiting and other symptoms such as headaches. You may also experience bleeding in the mouth, stomach, and vagina.

It’s believed that Lassa fever causes approximately 5,000 deaths per year, though the death rate is much lower than Ebola.

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