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"What you should know about Lassa Fever"

"What you should know about  Lassa Fever"

Lassa fever is caused by the Lassa virus. This virus is spread by the African rat, which is primarily found in sub-Saharan Africa in countries like Nigeria, Guinea, Benin, Sierra Leone, and Liberia. 

Symptoms of Lassa fever include fever, headaches, generalised body aches and weakness, chest or abdominal pain, vomiting, and diarrhoea. 

When symptoms are severe, bleeding from the gums, nose, eyes, kidney failure, and brain problems such as deafness can occur. These severe symptoms are seen in as many as 20% of people with Lassa fever, with some of them progressing to de@th or lifelong complications.