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  • Lassa fever is surging in West Africa. Researchers want to know why

    Source: https://www.science.org/content/arti...figure-out-why

    A spiking fever
    Long neglected, Lassa fever is surging in West Africa. Researchers want to know why
    22 Feb 20242:00 PM ETByLeslie Roberts​

    Irrua, Nigeria, and Kenema, Sierra Leone—Sitting on a bench outside the Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital (ISTH) in Edo state in southwestern Nigeria in September 2023, Muhammed Luqman Dagana recounted his ordeal earlier in the year with Lassa fever, a deadly hemorrhagic disease of West Africa. At first the 33-year-old wasn’t alarmed—his fever, headache, body aches, and cough were innocuous enough. A doctor at his local clinic gave him antibiotics for typhoid fever and antimalarial drugs. But his symptoms persisted, so he tried another clinic. Again, the diagnosis was malaria and typhoid....
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