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Lassa Fever Reported in U.S. Traveler to West Africa

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A Minnesota man who returned from a trip to West Africa has been diagnosed with Lassa fever, a severe and sometimes deadly viral disease rarely seen in the United States, health officials said.

The man, who was hospitalized with fever and confusion on March 31, was confirmed to have Lassa fever via blood tests on April 3, health officials in Minnesota and at the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday. Health officials provided no details about the man's age or hometown.

Officials are working with airlines to identify and contact passengers and others who may have had close contact with the man, whose itinerary indicates that he flew from West Africa to New York City and then to Minneapolis.

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