Health Alert – U. S. Embassy Cotonou, Benin (January 24, 2018)

Location: Atacora and Borgou Regions, Benin

Event: The Ministry of Health in Benin reported 10 cases of Lassa fever, 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