Lassa fever virus

Lassa fever virus
Las·sa fever, virus (lahґsə) [Lassa, town in Nigeria where the fever was first reported in 1959] see under fever and virus.

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  • Lassa virus — n a single stranded RNA virus of the genus Arenavirus (species Lassa virus) that causes Lassa fever * * * an arenavirus of the LCMV LASV complex, existing in several serologically distinct strains and distributed throughout West and Central… …   Medical dictionary

  • Fever, Lassa — An acute viral infection found in the tropics, especially in West Africa. Epidemics of Lassa fever have occurred in countries such as Sierra Leone, Congo (formerly Zaire), Liberia and Nigeria. The disease was discovered in 1969 when two… …   Medical dictionary

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  • Lassa virus — noun the RNA virus that causes Lassa fever • Hypernyms: ↑arenavirus • Member Holonyms: ↑Arenaviridae …   Useful english dictionary

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