Lassa virus

Lassa virus
Lassa virus n a single-stranded RNA virus of the genus Arenavirus (species Lassa virus) that causes Lassa fever

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an arenavirus of the LCMV-LASV complex, existing in several serologically distinct strains and distributed throughout West and Central Africa. The natural reservoir is the multimammate mouse, in which it causes an inapparent infection; human infection (Lassa fever) results from contact with mouse urine.

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