Recent isolations of Lassa virus from Nigerian rodents.

  title={Recent isolations of Lassa virus from Nigerian rodents.},
  author={Herta Wulff and A. Fabiyi and Thomas P Monath},
  journal={Bulletin of the World Health Organization},
  volume={52 4-6},
Rodents were trapped in the Benue-Plateau and North-Eastern States of Nigeria where Lassa fever had been reported in previous years. Eight Lassa virus strains were isolated from tissues and blood of rodents identified in the field as being of 3 different species: Mastomys natalensis, Rattus rattus, and Mus minutoides. All the infected rodents were collected in village habitats. These isolations indicate the presence of Lassa virus in wild rodents in Nigeria during periods when no human… CONTINUE READING
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