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South Africa Identifies First Case of Lassa Fever Since 2007

South Africa has identified an imported case of Lassa fever, a hemorrhagic virus harbored by rats and transmitted to humans. The infection is the first to be detected in the country since 2007.

The case was identified in a man in the southeastern province of KwaZulu-Natal who had traveled to Nigeria, the National Institute for Communicable Diseases said in a statement on Friday. The man has died, the NICD said.