Emergencies preparedness, response

2000 - Imported case of Lassa fever in Germany

04 April 2000

Disease Outbreak Reported

An imported, fatal case of Lassa fever has been reported from Germany. The patient was a Nigerian national, working in Nigeria, who had been transferred to Germany by air ambulance for medical treatment. Clinical samples were sent to the Bernhard-Nocht Institute  in Hamburg where the diagnosis of Lassa fever was confirmed by virological tests. Contacts of the patient are being traced, and will be followed up by the public health authorities.