CDC: 150 possibly had contact with Lassa fever victim

29 May

NEW YORK (AP) — Federal and state health officials have identified more than 150 people who possibly had contact with a patient who died of Lassa fever, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday.

So far, most of those people face no danger, but six are at a high risk of having been exposed, CDC spokesman Benjamin Haynes said in a statement. Thirty-three are at low risk. All are being monitored, Haynes said.

A New Jersey man died Monday after traveling in West Africa and returning to New York City’s Kennedy Airport on May 17.

Eight of the people being monitored were on the Royal Air Maroc flight that the victim boarded in Morocco after flying from Monrovia, Liberia, according to a government official with knowledge of the investigation who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to release information publicly.

Officials have said he did not have symptoms while on the plane but developed a sore throat and lethargy later and went to a hospital.

University Hospital in Newark said Tuesday the man was transferred there Saturday from another hospital because it could deal with viral hemorrhagic fevers. The hospital said it was reviewing whether any of its employees were at risk of exposure to the virus.

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