The killer disease with no vaccine

From the BBC:

Since the beginning of the year, Nigeria has been gripped by an outbreak of a deadly disease. Lassa fever is one of a number of illnesses which can cause dangerous epidemics, but for which no vaccine currently exists.

Lassa fever is not a new disease, but the current outbreak is unprecedented, spreading faster and further than ever before.

Health workers are overstretched, and a number have themselves become infected and died.

The potentially fatal disease is a so-called “viral haemorrhagic fever,” which can affect many organs, and damage the body’s blood vessels.

But it is difficult to treat.

Most people who catch Lassa will have only mild symptoms such as fever, headache, and general weakness. They may have none at all.

However, in severe cases, it can mimic another deadly haemorrhagic fever, Ebola, causing bleeding through the nose, mouth and other parts of the body…

With no readily available test, the only way to confirm a diagnosis is to analyze a blood or tissue sample in one of small number of specialized laboratories…

Continue reading at the BBC…

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