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5 Facts you should know about

Lassa fever (Viral hemorrhagic fever in GARD)

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In severe disease (~20% of infected individuals), Lassa fever causes serious symptoms

including hemorrhaging, respiratory distress, vomiting, facial swelling, pain in the chest, back, and abdomen, and shock.

2

Signs and symptoms of Lassa fever typically occur 1-3 weeks

after the patient comes into contact with the virus.

3

Lassa fever is an animal-borne, or zoonotic, acute viral illness.

4

The reservoir (host) of Lassa virus is a rodent

known as the “multimammate rat”.

5

It is endemic in parts of West Africa

including Sierra Leone, Liberia, Guinea and Nigeria.

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