Health Alert – U. S. Embassy Cotonou, Benin

Location: Cotonou, Littoral

Event: The Ministry of Health in Benin confirmed one new case of Lassa fever in Cotonou.  Lassa fever is a rare but potentially life-threatening viral hemorrhagic disease.

Actions to Take:

  • Consult a medical professional if you have been in direct contact with an infected person within the past three weeks and have symptoms of Lassa fever which include: fever, chest, stomach or back pain, cough, vomiting, diarrhea, or mucosal bleeding (i.e. from the eyes, gums, nose, or intestinal tract).
  • Visit CDC’s website on Lassa Fever