1996 - Lassa fever in Sierra Leone - Update 3
30 July 1996
Disease Outbreak Reported
From 1 January up to 21 July 1996, 246 cases of Lassa fever were reported. Of these 73 (29.6%) were fatal. The outbreak which was first reported in early May seems to be declining; about nine new cases occurred weekly in July compared to a weekly average of about 16 cases in June. Only two deaths were reported in the four week period ending 21 July.