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Two cases of Lassa fever found in UK

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At least two cases of the potentially deadly Lassa Fever have been detected in the UK – the first in over a decade.

The UK Health Security Agency confirmed that two people have been diagnosed with Lassa Fever in England, with another person currently being checked.

They are all part of the same family, live in the East of England and recently travelled to West Africa.

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The disease is similar to Ebola and is endemic in numerous countries in West Africa. It is spread by food contaminated by the urine or faeces of infected rats, as well as human bodily fluid.

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