Authorities report Lassa fever death

CONAKRY — Authorities in Guinea announced the first death from Lassa fever in more than two decades Thursday, heightening anxiety about another hemorrhagic fever in the West African country where an Ebola epidemic first emerged.

The Ebola outbreak in late 2013 went on to kill more than 11,000 people in part because local authorities and the international community were slow to act when cases first popped up in a rural part of the deeply impoverished nation.

There is no approved vaccine for Lassa fever, whose symptoms are similar to Ebola. After starting as a fever with aches and pains it can progress to headache, vomiting and diarrhea.


Lawmakers debate banning sex with staff

CANBERRA — Australian lawmakers are debating introducing a U.S.-style ban on legislators having sex with staff after the deputy prime minister and a former staffer were revealed to be expectant parents.

The U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday passed a resolution prohibiting members from engaging in sexual relationships with staff. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said that while lawmakers were accountable, they also have a right to consensual sexual relationships.