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Lassa fever

Syllabification: Las·sa fe·ver
Pronunciation: /ˈläsə, ˈlasə
 
/

Definition of Lassa fever in English:

noun

An acute and often fatal viral disease, with fever, occurring chiefly in West Africa. It is usually acquired from infected rats.
Example sentences
  • Recently cholera has occurred in India and Peru; dengue in Panama, New Guinea, and Australia; yellow fever, Rift Valley fever, and Lassa fever in Africa.
  • Other viral illnesses include influenza, the common cold, Lassa fever, and ebola.
  • Advisories issued in 1998 by the Centers for Disease Control warned travelers to Sierra Leone that malaria, measles, cholera, typhoid fever, and Lassa fever were prevalent throughout the country.

Origin

1970s: named after the village of Lassa, in northwestern Nigeria, where it was first reported.

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