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Dec 23, 2016 · Lassa Fever: we are better prepared but there is no magic bullet On 20th December 2016, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) confirmed a case of Lassa fever in a healthcare worker who had died at the Federal Medical Centre, Abeokuta. According to the report: 'This is an indication of an active and improved surveillance system. This in itself is a part of the case detection process as all cases have to be subjected to laboratory testing for further classification and disease burden estimation. 'Currently, Lassa fever testing is carried out across three laboratories in Nigeria. Apr 04, 2014 · The case — the first in the United States since 2010 — was detected when the man went to a Minnesota hospital March 31 with fever and confusion. The Lassa virus is not spread by casual contact. Lassa fever is an Acute Viral Haemorrhagic Fever illness which is endemic in the West Africa. The incubation period is 6-21 days. The onset of LF illness is often gradual, with non-specific signs and symptoms and commonly presents with fever, general weakness and malaise at the early onset. Box 1. Adapted WHO Case Definition for Lassa fever at GRC referral hospital. 20 A patient with fever >38°C not responding to effective anti-malarial and broad spectrum antibiotics within 48 h if artemisinin is used or 72 h if quinine is used, with no obvious localizing signs of infection and at least two major, or one major and at least two minor criteria.