Lassa Fever Warning from GHS
The Ghana Health Service (GHS) has issued an alert regarding the spread of Lassa Fever in Liberia, Nigeria, and Togo, among other countries in the West African sub-region.
The Service has since asked health establishments across the country to report suspected Lassa Fever cases to the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research for inquiry.
According to a statement issued by the Director General, Dr. Patrick Kuma-Aboagye, the instruction was essential due to the impacted countries’ proximity to Ghana, both geographically and through transit.
“All suspected cases of Lassa Fever should be investigated in line with protocols outlined in Ghana’s IDSR Technical Guidelines with strict adherence to infection prevention and control protocols,” it said.
The statement also emphasized the need for increased surveillance to ensure that any suspected case is quickly identified and thoroughly investigated.
The Lassa virus, which is transferred from Mastomys rats to people mostly through food or products contaminated with rat feces or urine, causes Lassa Fever.