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Lassa fever

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noun Las·sa fever \ˈla-sə-\

Definition of Lassa fever

  1. :  a disease especially of Africa that is caused by an arenavirus (species Lassa virus of the genus Arenavirus) and is characterized by a high fever, headaches, mouth ulcers, muscle aches, small hemorrhages under the skin, heart and kidney failure, and a high mortality rate



Origin of lassa fever

Lassa, village in Nigeria


First Known Use: 1970


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Lassa fever

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noun Las·sa fever \ˌlas-ə-\

Medical Definition of Lassa fever

  1. :  a disease especially of Africa that is caused by the lassa virus and is characterized by a high fever, headaches, mouth ulcers, muscle aches, small hemorrhages under the skin, heart and kidney failure, and a high mortality rate




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