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Lassa Fever Virus

  1. Austin Demby

Published Online: 19 APR 2001

DOI: 10.1038/npg.els.0001032



How to Cite

Demby, A. 2001. Lassa Fever Virus. eLS. .

Author Information

  1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 19 APR 2001

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Lassa virus originates from West Africa where it is primarily a virus of the rodent, Mastomys spp. Human infection is through contact with infected rodents or infected humans and ranges from a mild asymptomatic infection to a life-threatening illness involving severe haemorrhage.


  • Lassa fever;
  • Lassa virus;
  • arenavirus;
  • Arenaviridae;
  • Mastomys spp;
  • Sierra Leone