J Med Virol 2021 Jul 21. Epub 2021 Jul 21.
School of Chemical Engineering, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B152TT, UK.
Lassa fever, caused by the Lassa virus of the Arenaviruses family, is a re-emerging public health concern that has led to 300,000 infections and 5,000 deaths annually in Africa. Highly prevalent in Sierra Leone, Liberia, Guinea, Nigeria, Côte d'lvoire, Ghana, Togo, and Benin, patients infected with the virus can manifest with cough, sore throat, headache, nausea, and vomiting among other symptoms. Coexisting with the COVID-19 pandemic and its impacts, cases of Lassa fever in the African population have been reported to decrease due to hesitancy in visiting clinics that leads to unreported cases - all contributing to a silent outbreak in West Africa. Read More