In a follow-up to a report on a secondary Lassa fever case in a German funeral home worker, health officials report the patient has fully recovered and been discharged from hospital in Frankfurt.
The case had recovered by 6 April, when all the contacts completed their 21-day follow-up period, however his hospital discharge was delayed due to persistent viremia. The patient was discharged after two consecutive negative test results by polymerase chain reaction (PCR). Tests were performed on blood, urine, and pharyngeal swab samples at 24-hour intervals.
Based on the current information, there is no further risk of secondary transmission of Lassa fever in Germany. Lassa fever cases have been reported among travelers returning from West Africa. The risk of disease spread to non-endemic countries by travelers from Lassa fever endemic countries in the West Africa is very low.