CDC: One person dies from viral disease spread by rodents


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WASHINGTON – The Centers for Disease Control has confirmed that one person has died from Lassa Fever, a viral disease that is rarely found in the United States.

The CDC reports the patient became ill after returning from Liberia and was in isolation when he died.

Experts say the risk to others is low, but all close contacts of the patient will be monitored for 21 days.

It is only the sixth known case of Lassa Fever in travelers returning to the U.S. since 1969.

The virus, which is carried by rodents, causes similar symptoms to Ebola, but is less likely to be fatal or spread from person to person.

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