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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Cotonou (Benin), Lassa Fever

Africa > Benin

The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens that the Ministry of Health in Benin announced one confirmed and one suspected case of Lassa Fever in Tchaourou (Borgou region) and Tanguieta (Atacora region). This message is for informational purposes only.

Lassa Fever is a rare but potentially life-threatening viral hemorrhagic disease. The risk of contamination is low, but can occur if someone comes into contact with an infected person’s blood or bodily fluids. Lassa Fever cannot be spread through casual contact, including skin to skin contact, without exchange of bodily fluids. Those at highest-risk would be health care workers treating patients in facilities known to have Lassa Fever and family members caring for infected patients. 

Early diagnosis and supportive care are essential. You should 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. For more information on Lassa hemorrhagic fever, please visit the CDC website at http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/lassa/.

To obtain Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) travel notices, call the CDC at 1-800-CDC-INFO (1-800-232-4636) from within the United States, or 1-404-639-3534 from overseas, or visit the CDC website at http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel.

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