Ten European doctors – seven Dutch and three British – have been evacuated from northern Sierra Leone for Lassa Fever. Two of them – both Dutch – and a Sierra Leonean anesthetist are confirmed cases. The others are said to be “high risk” having been exposed to the disease.
According to the District Medical Officer in Tonkolili District, Dr Abdul Mac Falana they were apparently infected as they carried out a surgery on a pregnant woman at the Masanga Hospital early this month where European doctors provide support to the country’s health care system. “She had been bleeding profusely and later died,” he said.
The disease is prevalent in the Eastern Kenema District known to be the Lassa Fever belt. But a case was recorded in Tonkolili in 2017. Lassa Fever is a cousin of Ebola and they share similar symptoms including high fever and hemorrhaging.