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Lassa fever

[ lah-suh ]

noun

, Pathology.
  1. a highly contagious viral disease, largely confined to central West Africa, characterized by fever, difficulty in swallowing, and inflammation of the pharynx, often progressing to infect the lungs, heart, and kidneys, leading to death.


Lassa fever

noun

  1. a serious viral disease of Central West Africa, characterized by high fever and muscular pains


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Word History and Origins

Origin of Lassa fever1

First recorded in 1965–70; after Lassa, Nigeria, village where it was first identified

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Word History and Origins

Origin of Lassa fever1

named after Lassa, the village in Nigeria where it was first identified

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Example Sentences

In the creation of the Lassa fever test strips, they had also made a similar, but separate, Ebola test.

So was Thomas Monath, the doctor who had just unraveled the natural history of Lassa fever.

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