Lassa fever

noun
Las·​sa fever | \ˈla-sə- \

Definition of Lassa fever 

: 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

First Known Use of Lassa fever

1970, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Lassa fever

Lassa, village in Nigeria

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Lassa fever

noun
Las·​sa fever | \ˌlas-ə- \

Medical Definition of Lassa fever 

: 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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