Lassa-fever definitions

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An acute, often fatal viral disease endemic to West Africa and characterized by high fever, headache, ulcers of the mucous membranes, and disturbances of the gastrointestinal tract.
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An acute viral disease endemic to W Africa, characterized by high fever and inflammation of various body parts.
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An acute form of hemorrhagic fever endemic to West Africa that is caused by an arenavirus transmitted by a species of rat and is characterized by fever, headache, gastrointestinal symptoms, and bleeding from the gums, and can result in deafness.
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(pathology) An acute, and often fatal, viral infection endemic to West Africa. Symptoms include fever, sore throat, muscle aches, a skin rash, headache, abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhoea, ulcers, heart and kidney failure.
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Origin of lassa-fever

After Lassa , a village of northeast Nigeria