Lassa Virus News and Research

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Lassa virus or Lassa viral haemorrhagic fever is an acute illness of 1-4 weeks duration that occurs in West Africa. Though first described in the 1950s, the virus causing the disease was not identified until 1969. The virus is a single-stranded RNA virus belonging to the virus family Arenaviridae. Lassa fever is known to be endemic in Guinea (Conakry), Liberia, Sierra Leone and parts of Nigeria, but probably exists in other West African countries as well.

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A new vaccine shows promise in protecting people from rabies, Lassa fever

A new vaccine shows promise in protecting people from rabies, Lassa fever

New vaccine shows effective protection in animal models of Lassa fever

New vaccine shows effective protection in animal models of Lassa fever

Researchers decipher key component behind rising epidemic of pathogens in West Africa

Researchers decipher key component behind rising epidemic of pathogens in West Africa

Lassa fever epidemic in Nigeria beginning to slow, but concern remains

Lassa fever epidemic in Nigeria beginning to slow, but concern remains

Lassa fever strikes in Nigeria - high rates of fatality with no cure and no vaccine

Lassa fever strikes in Nigeria - high rates of fatality with no cure and no vaccine

Texas Biomed scientists develop new animal model that mimics key features of Zika infection

Texas Biomed scientists develop new animal model that mimics key features of Zika infection

New treatment protects nonhuman primates against Lassa fever eight days after infection

New treatment protects nonhuman primates against Lassa fever eight days after infection

Tulane University receives $12 million NIH grant to develop drug and vaccine against Lassa fever

Tulane University receives $12 million NIH grant to develop drug and vaccine against Lassa fever

Researchers study Lassa fever patient's immune response and viral persistence

Researchers study Lassa fever patient's immune response and viral persistence

Researchers identify key Lassa virus structure using powerful Argonne X-rays

Researchers identify key Lassa virus structure using powerful Argonne X-rays

TSRI study reveals first-ever structure of Lassa virus protein

TSRI study reveals first-ever structure of Lassa virus protein

Researcher aims to eliminate chemotherapy-resistant ovarian tumors using virus treatment

Researcher aims to eliminate chemotherapy-resistant ovarian tumors using virus treatment

New model helps predict outbreaks of zoonotic diseases

New model helps predict outbreaks of zoonotic diseases

TSRI study reveals important traits in LCMV, Lassa virus

TSRI study reveals important traits in LCMV, Lassa virus

Investigational antiviral drug effectively treats Lassa virus infection in guinea pigs

Investigational antiviral drug effectively treats Lassa virus infection in guinea pigs

Antiviral agent protects rhesus monkeys from deadly Ebola virus

Antiviral agent protects rhesus monkeys from deadly Ebola virus

Researchers develop new genomic data set on Lassa virus

Researchers develop new genomic data set on Lassa virus

TSRI study reveals ancient roots of Lassa virus and how it has changed over time

TSRI study reveals ancient roots of Lassa virus and how it has changed over time

Increase in Lassa fever cases could be due to human-to-human transmission, research reveals

Increase in Lassa fever cases could be due to human-to-human transmission, research reveals

New method could make Ebola surveillance quicker, cheaper for West African nations

New method could make Ebola surveillance quicker, cheaper for West African nations