Saturday , 13 July 2024

Lassa Fever

G. Sadhana*, Nilsha Anil, R. Ramprasad, N. Venkateshan and Amutha Iswaryadevi
Department of Pharmacy, Arulmigu Kalasalingam College of Pharmacy,Krishnankoil-626126

To Focus on LASSA VIRUS about it’s prevalence and it’s treatment LASSA fever is an acute Viral Haemorrhagic illness of 2-21 days duration that Occurs in West Africa. Though first described in 1950’s the virus causing the Disease was identified until 1969.The virus is a single strand RNAvirus belonging to the virus family Arenaviridae. It is transmitted from Mastomys Rats. LASSA virus may also be spread between humans through direct with blood. The occurrence of the virus was reported in Nigeria including 72 deaths have Been reported worldwide. Notably recent human-to-human ‘super spreading’ Of LASSA virus in hospitals of Nigeria has raised a major global health concern. Treatment including Antiviral drug RIBAVIRIN seems to be effective. Prevention of LASSA fever relies on promoting good community hygine to discourage Rodants from entering homes.
Key word: Lassa Fever, Lassa Virus, Arenaviridae

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