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Infectious Diseases

Lassa Virus

04/22/2003

Question:

My teacher has me doing this paper on Lassa Virus and I can`t find nothing on it. So I was hoping that you could help me see what it was and explain it to me. thats if you have the time to do that for me. Thank you a lot

Answer:

Lassa fever is an acute viral illness that occurs in West Africa. The illness was discovered in 1969 when two missionary nurses died in Nigeria, West Africa. The cause of the illness was found to be Lassa virus, named after the town in Nigeria where the first cases originated. The virus, a member of the virus family Arenaviridae, is a single-stranded RNA virus and is zoonotic, or animal-borne. Go to the link below for more. 

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Response by:

Benita Jackson, MD, MPH, FACPM
Assistant Professor, Epidemiology
College of Public Health
The Ohio State University