Lassa fever patient arrives

Atlanta, GA (WXIA) A patient with a suspected case of Lassa Fever has arrived at Emory University Hospital. Officials with the university announced the news shortly before 11 a.m. Saturday.

On Friday, the officials said the university hospital would be working with the CDC and the Georgia Department of Health to transport the patient, who is reported to be an American medical worker who contracted the deadly virus in West Africa after doing missionary work in Togo.

Although Lassa and Ebola can have similar symptoms, a spokesperson for Emory University Hospital says Lassa is far less likely to spread from person to person. It’s also far less deadly. According to the CDC, only 1 percent of people infected with Lassa virus die.

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