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Thursday, 1 February 2018

What you should know about Lassa fever; causes & prevention

A disease emanating from a little town in Nigeria many years ago (1969) has over the decades become a very huge health issue. The disease was discovered when two missionary nurses died in Nigeria. Thus the virus is named after the town in Nigeria where the first cases occurred. It has been here a number of times, and suddenly it is here again with us in Nigeria. Lassa fever is an acute contagious viral disease of central western Africa, characterised by fever and inflammation and muscular pains and difficulty swallowing.