Lassa fever (arenaviruses) as a public health problem.

  title={Lassa fever (arenaviruses) as a public health problem.},
  author={A. Fabiyi},
  journal={Bulletin of the Pan American Health Organization},
  volume={10 4},
  • A. Fabiyi
  • Published 1976 in Bulletin of the Pan American Health Organization
Two "new" virus infections, Marburg and Lassa fever, now constitute diseases of public health importance in several countries of Africa, especially West Africa. Lassa fever has an insidious onset, is initially difficult to diagnose, has "nonspecific" clinical symptoms which have been confused with yellow fever and typhoid, shows evidence of persistent infection, is tremendously contagious, has a high mortality rate, and in particular exhibits unusual nosocomial propensity. It has also been… CONTINUE READING