Suspected Lassa fever not confirmed in Germany

Suspected Lassa fever not confirmed in Germany

All-clear for two patients: suspected Lassa fever not confirmed
In recent days, infections with the Lassa virus have been reported in Germany. The clinic has now given the all-clear for two patients who were treated in a hospital in Düsseldorf with suspected Lassa fever. The original suspicion has not been confirmed.

Suspicion not confirmed in two patients
Infections with the potentially fatal Lassa virus are currently reported from various places in the Republic. It was only announced a few days ago that an employee of a funeral home in Alzey (Rhineland-Palatinate) had contracted dangerous Lassa fever. The patient was admitted to the special isolation ward of the Frankfurt University Hospital. A patient died of tropical Lassa fever in Cologne a few weeks ago. Two people who had contact with the deceased and were therefore treated at the University Clinic in Düsseldorf probably did not become infected with the virus. According to a message from the dpa news agency, the clinic now announced that the initial suspicion of repeat tests had not been confirmed.

Still on the special isolation station
However, the two patients are still in the hospital's special isolation ward. As has been reported, they are considered suspect cases until the end of the incubation period. A total of three contact persons are now under surveillance in Düsseldorf. According to the clinic, her state of health is stable. According to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), the incubation period lasts three to 21 days. "In principle, there is the possibility of infection as long as viruses are present in saliva, blood or other excretions," says the RKI website. Like Ebola and dengue fever, Lassa is a hemorrhagic fever. Fever, headache and muscle pain may occur in those infected, later bleeding, diarrhea and vomiting are possible. (ad)

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