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Doctor dies of Lassa fever after performing surgeries on infected pregnant women

A Dutch doctor who contracted Lassa hemorrhagic fever in Sierra Leone after treating patients has died in hospital, while a second doctor is undergoing treatment, the top Dutch health official said…

A Dutch doctor who contracted Lassa hemorrhagic fever in Sierra Leone after treating patients has died in hospital, while a second doctor is undergoing treatment, the top Dutch health official said Sunday.

“A second doctor also has Lassa fever and has been repatriated to the Netherlands. Both doctors were infected in Sierra Leone, most likely during medical treatment,” the minister said.

The doctor also helped with the evacuation of a second woman who suffered from a septic wound after an abortion.

He was then flown back to the Netherlands where he tested “positive for Lassa fever on the same day.”

Lassa fever — named after the place in Nigeria where it was first discovered in 1969 — is caused by a haemorrhagic virus which belongs to the same family as Marburg and Ebola, according to the Centres for Disease Control.

  1. Doctor dies of Lassa fever after performing surgeries on infected pregnant women  The Punch
  2. Three Britons brought back from Sierra Leone over Ebola-like virus  The Guardian
  3. Dutch doctor dies after contracting Lassa fever in Sierra Leone  BBC News
  4. Lassa Fever: Dutch doctor dies after infection in Sierra Leone  Vanguard

Source: Nigerian Healthcare Blog

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