Lassa Fever Diagnosis Confirmed for Patient at Emory University Hospital


A Lassa fever diagnosis has been confirmed for a patient at Emory University Hospital, a CDC spokesman told CNN on Sunday.

Test results for the patient “were positive for Lassa fever,” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention spokesman Benjamin Hayes said.

Doctors had suspected the patient, an American physician’s assistant who’d been working with a missionary organization in Togo, had the virus. At the request of the U.S. State Department, the individual was transported from West Africa to the Atlanta hospital for treatment.

The patient is being treated at the university’s Serious Communicable Diseases Unit, where four U.S. patients were treated for Ebola in 2014.

“We are continuing to treat the patient for symptoms of febrile illness,” Emory spokeswoman Holly Korschun said.

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SOURCE: CNN, Debra Goldschmidt