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The New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services reported today that a 38-year-old
The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed the diagnosis of Lassa fever through laboratory tests today.
The man had traveled to
“There is no reason to believe this disease is terrorism-related,” said DHSS Commissioner Clifton R. Lacy, M.D. “A man traveled from a part of the world where this disease is well-known to occur. He brought the illness to
“The disease is not transmitted through casual contact. Our department is working closely with the CDC, Capital Health System, and local health officials to identify any individuals who may be at increased risk due to close contact with the patient,” said Dr. Lacy.
Lassa fever is an acute viral disease that is endemic in portions of
The incubation period for Lassa fever is one to three weeks.
Ribavirin, an antiviral drug, has been shown to be an effective treatment along with supportive care.
The last case of Lassa fever in
The NJ Department of Health and Senior Services has set up a hotline to answer residents’ questions about Lassa fever. For further information, residents may call the hotline at 1-866-234-0964 or visit the DHSS website at www.state.nj.us/health.
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