Lassa fever

noun

Las·​sa fever ˈla-sə- How to pronounce Lassa fever (audio)
: 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

Examples of Lassa fever in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The current list includes: COVID-19; Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever; Ebola virus disease and Marburg virus disease; Lassa fever; Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) and SARS; Nipah and henipaviral diseases; Rift Valley fever; Zika; Disease X. 3. Tribune News Service, Hartford Courant, 17 Jan. 2024 That list also includes Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever; the Ebola and Marburg viruses; Lassa fever; coronaviruses SARS, MERS, and COVID-19; henipaviruses, and Rift Valley fever. Erin Prater, Fortune Well, 26 Apr. 2023 Autopsies have long been a source of breakthroughs in understanding new diseases, from HIV/AIDS and Ebola, to Lassa fever - and the medical community is counting on them to do the same for covid-19, the disease caused by coronavirus. Author: Ariana Eunjung Cha, Anchorage Daily News, 1 July 2020

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Word History

Etymology

Lassa, village in Nigeria

First Known Use

1970, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Lassa fever was in 1970

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“Lassa fever.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Lassa%20fever. Accessed 13 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition

Lassa fever

noun
Las·​sa fever ˌlas-ə- How to pronounce Lassa fever (audio)
: 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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