Lassa virus


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the RNA virus that causes Lassa fever

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In the laboratory, samples taken from humans and animals for investigation of Lassa virus infection should be handled by trained staff and processed in suitably equipped laboratories.
The fact that the treatment was able to rescue 100 percent of the animals more than a week after infection with Lassa virus suggests that this therapy may benefit patients with Lassa fever in West Africa, who often arrive at the clinic at a late stage of disease," said another researcher Robert Garry.
Treatment of lethal Lassa virus infection in guinea pigs with favipiravir (Based on Safronetz D et al.
Before 2008, Lassa virus was the only arenavirus known to cause HF in Africa.
In West Africa, Lassa virus is carried by rodents and transmitted to humans through contact with urine or droppings of infected rodents.
Many of the recent emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases outbreaks are caused by RNA viruses such as Corona viruses (MERS and SARS), Poliovirus, Norwalk virus, Yellow fever virus, West Nile virus, Dengue fever virus, Chikungunya virus, Marburg virus, Nipah virus, Hendra virus, Lassa virus, Hantavirus, Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever virus and Influenza viruses (Avian/Bird flu, Swine flu).
Mustapha Hamman-Gabdo, the state commissioner for health, said some people admitted to the center for different ailments later were diagnosed with Lassa fever, an acute viral hemorrhagic fever caused by the Lassa virus and transmitted primarily though contact with rats' excreta.
He was suspected to have Lassa fever and after taking his blood sample for PCR test of Lassa virus, he was started Ribavirin infusion 1800 mg stat, then 900mg 6 hourly for 4 days, then 500mg 8 hourly for next 6 days.
The Arenaviridae family includes Lassa virus (Africa) and several rare South American hemorrhagic fevers such as Machupo, Junin, Guanarito, and Sabia.
In West Africa, for example, Lassa virus infects 100,000 to 300,000 people per year, killing more than 5,000 annually.
This patient was exposed to Lassa virus while working on an aid programme in Sierra Leone.
The Lassa virus, which kills 20 per cent of sufferers, was later confirmed.
a recipient of both DOD and National Institutes of Health funds for his research on the often deadly Lassa virus, says: "It is difficult to get money to study diseases such as Lassa fever.
The second abstract, Demographic and clinical risk factors for Lassa fever in Sierra Leone, found that patients who tested positive for the Lassa Virus antigen using the consortium's LF assay were more likely to have exhibited the most common LF symptoms compared to patients with other diseases.
Lassa fever is an acute viral hemorrhagic illness caused by Lassa virus, he concluded.