Lassa Fever is an acute viral hemorrhagic disease caused by the Lassa virus. It is a viral disease that is being spread by rats. It mainly affects people in parts of West Africa.
CAUSES OF LASSA FEVER
1. Lassa Fever is caused by a virus called Lassa virus transmitted from Mastomys rats to humans primarily through food or items contaminated with the rats faeces or urine.
2. Human-to-human transmission can also occur to a lesser extent in instances of direct contact with fluids, blood, and secretions of infected individuals.
LASSA FEVER SYMPTOMS/SYMPTOMS OF LASSA FEVER
PHASE 1 – Fatigue, General Weakness, Fever
PHASE 2 – Headache, Sore throat, Vomiting, Diarrhea
PHASE 3 – Facial Swelling, Bleeding tendencies, (from the mouth, nose, vagina, or gastrointestinal tract and low blood pressure)
Other Symptoms include, malaise, fever, cough, nausea, myalgia and hearing loss.