Lassa fever
noun Etymology: Lassa, village in Nigeria Date: 1970 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

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  • Lassa fever — n. an acute and often fatal febrile viral disease of tropical Africa. Etymology: Lassa in Nigeria, where first reported * * * lassa fever 7 [lassa fever] [ˈlæsə fiːvə(r)] [ˈlæsə fiːvər] noun uncountable a seri …   Useful english dictionary

  • Lassa fever — /læsə ˈfivə/ (say lasuh feevuh) noun an acute, often fatal, viral disease of central western Africa, causing progressive infection of the pharynx, lungs, heart and kidneys. Also, lassa fever. {named after Lassa, Nigerian village where the disease …   Australian English dictionary

  • Lassa fever — noun An acute, and often fatal, viral infection endemic to West Africa. Symptoms include fever, sore throat, muscle aches, a skin rash, headache, abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhoea, ulcers, heart and kidney failure. Syn: Lassa hemorrhagic fever …   Wiktionary

  • Lassa fever — /lah seuh/, Pathol. a highly contagious viral disease, largely confined to central West Africa, characterized by fever, difficulty in swallowing, and inflammation of the pharynx, often progressing to infect the lungs, heart, and kidneys, leading… …   Universalium

  • Lassa fever — Las′sa fe′ver [[t]ˈlɑ sə[/t]] n. pat an infectious, often fatal disease characterized by fever and pharyngitis, caused by an arenavirus • Etymology: 1965–70; after Lassa, Nigeria, village where it was first identified …   From formal English to slang

  • Lassa fever — See Lassa virus …   Dictionary of molecular biology

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