UK saw the case of Deadly Lassa Hemorrhagic Fever with ‘Potential Pandemic’: Report – News2IN
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UK saw the case of Deadly Lassa Hemorrhagic Fever with ‘Potential Pandemic’: Report

UK saw the case of Deadly Lassa Hemorrhagic Fever with 'Potential Pandemic': Report
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LONDON: The UK has detected deadly hemorrhagic fever with “potential pandemic”, the state health official said.
Lassa Fever is an acute virus hemorrhagic disease, similar to Ebola, and people are infected through exposure to food or other items that have been contaminated with urine or infected mouse stools.
According to the British Health Security Agency (UKHSA), Lassa fever has been imported to England for the first time in a decade, the Telegraph reported.
Previously, there were eight cases of Lassa fever imported to England since 1980, with the last two cases occurred in 2009, the report said.
The body announced two confirmed cases and one possible Lassa fever case in this country.
Three affected patients – all of the same family – recently returned from West Africa, where this disease is endemic and there is an ongoing outbreak, the report said.
While health officials have sounded a calm note to reduce the fear of the spread of disease in the UK, “It is now unclear if there are other people infected”, Susan Hopkins, head of medical advisory in UKHSA, said.
“LASSA fever cases are rare in the UK and do not spread easily among people.
The overall risk for the public is very low.
We contact individuals who have made close contact with cases before confirming their infection, to provide assessment, support , and the appropriate suggestions, “Hopkins said.
Hemorrhagic fever can also spread from people to people through body fluids.
It has symptoms such as flu – fever, headaches, sore throat, muscle pain and diarrhea and vomiting.
In severe cases it can cause bleeding from the vagina, mouth or nose and severe swelling of faces.
In West Africa, there are around 100,000 cases of a year with an average of 5,000 deaths.
But around 80 percent of cases are asymptomatic.
Although there is no effective treatment or vaccine, two Jabs have entered the phase trial in 2019 and others started the human trial last year.
This disease has been grouped with potential pandemic and is on the list of WHO priority pathogens next to the virus such as Ebola and Daie, the report said.
Lassa fever is a rare infection, but serious.
But sposs opportunities like Covid in England are “impossible”.
Dr.
Michael Head, a senior research in global health at Southampton University, was quoted as saying.
“While every case of Lassa in the UK is interested, we will not see any transmission such as the scale we have with Pandemic Covid-19,” said the head.

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