Lassa fever

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Las·sa fever

 (lä′sə, lăs′ə)
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.

[After Lassa, a village of northeast Nigeria.]

Lassa fever

(Pathology) a serious viral disease of Central West Africa, characterized by high fever and muscular pains
[named after Lassa, the village in Nigeria where it was first identified]

Las′sa fe′ver

(ˈlɑ sə)
an infectious, often fatal disease characterized by fever and pharyngitis, caused by an arenavirus.
[1965–70; after Lassa, Nigeria, village where it was first identified]
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Noun1.Lassa fever - an acute contagious viral disease of central western Africa; characterized by fever and inflammation and muscular pains and difficulty swallowing; can be used as a bioweapon
haemorrhagic fever, hemorrhagic fever, VHF, viral haemorrhagic fever, viral hemorrhagic fever - a group of illnesses caused by a viral infection (usually restricted to a specific geographic area); fever and gastrointestinal symptoms are followed by capillary hemorrhage
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