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Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Lassa fever – Signs, Symptoms, and How to Prevent the Mouse Transmitted Disease

I remember vividly when I was a little boy; we used to play with house hold mice and even went as far as keeping one as a pet in the house! But as at this very moment, it is almost a taboo to even see a rat and let it live, let alone play with it. The world is changing fast and diseases are fast spreading, and even developing new resistances. The case of Lassa fever is a case in point in which every mouse has become a deadly suspect. Lassa fever is spread by the species of mouse known as the Natal multimammate mouse which is prevalent in most parts of West Africa.
The disease Lassa fever belongs to the group of Viral Haemorrhagic Fevers (VHFs); the ultramicroscopic infectious agent causing the disease belongs to the virus family known as Arenaviridae, it is also a single-stranded RNA virus and is zoonotic or animal-borne in nature.
The multimammate rats