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Lassa fever: The killer disease with no vaccine


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Nigeria has been gripped by an outbreak of a Lassa fever.

Current outbreak is spreading faster and further than ever before.

Lassa fever is a viral haemorrhagic fever and is difficult to treat.

Currently no vaccine exists.

Most people who catch Lassa will have only mild symptoms.

But has a fatality rate of about one per cent.

People should wear protective gloves when caring Lassa fever patients.

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National public health institute of the United States.


Specialized agency of the United Nations responsible for international public health