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

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

New study finds that it is possible to distinguish between different hemorrhagic fevers

New study finds that it is possible to distinguish between different hemorrhagic fevers

Lassa virus uses two-step process to invade cells, shows study

Lassa virus uses two-step process to invade cells, shows study

Interferon Type I immune proteins key drivers of human hemorrhagic fevers

Interferon Type I immune proteins key drivers of human hemorrhagic fevers

Neuroscientist, researchers receive Vilcek Prize in Biomedical Science

Neuroscientist, researchers receive Vilcek Prize in Biomedical Science

Ebola, Marburg and Lassa viruses must be designated as emerging diagnoses

Ebola, Marburg and Lassa viruses must be designated as emerging diagnoses

Bas-Congo virus associated with acute hemorrhagic fever in Africa

Bas-Congo virus associated with acute hemorrhagic fever in Africa

Scientists solve structure of key protein from Lassa virus

Scientists solve structure of key protein from Lassa virus

NIH awards Corgenix Medical $600,000 grant to develop diagnostic tests for Ebola and Marburg virus

NIH awards Corgenix Medical $600,000 grant to develop diagnostic tests for Ebola and Marburg virus

NIAID awards Tulane University over $15M to develop Lassa fever vaccine and treatment

NIAID awards Tulane University over $15M to develop Lassa fever vaccine and treatment

NIH awards over $15M for Tulane University's collaborative effort to combat VHF

NIH awards over $15M for Tulane University's collaborative effort to combat VHF

Discovery of new arenavirus associated with hemorrhagic fever – first identified in nearly four decades

Discovery of new arenavirus associated with hemorrhagic fever – first identified in nearly four decades

Researchers develop new strategy for broad spectrum anti-viral drugs

Researchers develop new strategy for broad spectrum anti-viral drugs

Lassa fever reported in Germany

Lassa fever reported in Germany

Vaccine against Lassa fever works in monkeys

Vaccine against Lassa fever works in monkeys

New candidate for a vaccine against Lassa fever

New candidate for a vaccine against Lassa fever