What is Lassa Fever?

Lassa fever is a viral illness that belongs to the Arenaria family.

It is primarily found in West Africa and is named after the town in Nigeria where it was first identified in 1969. 

The disease is transmitted to humans through contact with the urine, feces, or blood of infected rodents, especially the multimammate rat.

Human-to-human transmission can also occur through direct contact with the bodily fluids of an infected person.

Typically through close personal contact or exposure to contaminated medical equipment.

Symptoms of Lassa fever usually appear within 1-3 weeks after infection & include fever.

 Also include headache, muscle aches, sore throat, cough, & vomiting. 

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