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Definition of «Lassa virus»

Lassa virus: The deadly cause of Lassa fever. Lassa virus is a virulent and highly transmissible RNA virus that belongs to the arenavirus group. Lassa virus was discovered in 1969 by a team led by Dr. Jordi Casals-Ariet.

See also: Lassa fever; and Casals-Ariet, Jordi.

For More Information «Lassa virus»

  • Lassa Fever | CDC Special Pathogens Branch

    Lassa virus electron micrograph. Image courtesy, C.S. Goldsmith and M. Bowen (CDC).

  • PathInfo: Pathogen Information - CyberInfrastructure Group

    I. Organism Information A. Taxonomy Information. Species: Lassa virus : Ontology: UMLS:C0023093; GenBank Taxonomy No.: 11620; Description: Lassa virus belongs to the family ...

  • WHO | Lassa fever

    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 ...

  • Lassa Fever Virus - Stanford University

    Epidemiology and History: Lassa virus is a member of the Old World Arenaviruses, and, as such, is endemic in Western Africa. However, the full extent of Lassa’s ...


    LASSA VIRUS. Lassa virus takes its name from the village in northern Nigeria where it was first described. Small outbreaks of Lassa fever in humans have also occurred in ...