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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, shock, and pain in the chest, back, and abdomen

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Signs and symptoms of Lassa fever typically occur 1-3 weeks after the patient comes into contact with the virus

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

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The reservoir (host) of the Lassa virus is a rodent known as the “multimammate rat”

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It is endemic in parts of West Africa, including Sierra Leone, Liberia, Guinea, and Nigeria

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