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Lassa fever is associated with high morbidity and mortality rate. This is due to the primary host of Lassa virus being a rodent of the genus Mastomy’s, also referred to as ‘multimammate rat’. Once infected, Mastomy’s rats do not become ill but can shed the virus in their urine and feces. Thus, there has been a call for educational interventions to improve the knowledge of Lassa fever among community members. It is important to point out that health workers have a prominent role to play in realizing this. In conclusion, Lassa Fever hasn't been a main global threat in the past 10 years. (edited) 1:08 Lassa fever is an acute viral disease that is transmitted by the common African rat and is animal-borne, or zoonotic. It is indigenous to West Africa and is transmitted by consuming or coming into contact with food or objects that have been exposed to urine or rodent droppings. Ribavirin is the preferred treatment for Lassa Fever, but wearing protective gear and sterilizing all equipment is also advised. Third-trimester pregnant women have a 95% probability of dying from immunosuppression. There have only been seven instances of Lassa Fever reported in the United States.There is a need for educational interventions to increase community members' understanding of Lassa fever, and health professionals may play a significant part in making this a reality. In summary, Lassa Fever hasn't posed a significant threat to the world in the last ten years.


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