Photo courtesy/WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom
As the world struggle with the fight against the current Covid-19 pandemic, scientists have issued another warning of a possible pandemic.
Experts have warned that there are possible threats of a disease called Lassa fever, which is spread by a virus called Lassa. The virus, experts say, is carried by animals in most cases rats, like in the case of West African countries.
The disease was first discovered back in the year 1969 by the Yale epidemiologist who is said to die of the disease believed to be the same.
Every year, 100000 to 300000 people are said to be infected with this disease where 5000 of them are said to die under the same period of time. Experts further say the disease has some similarities with Ebola though around 80 per cent of people who have tested positive of this virus, do not show signs and symptoms.
The virus is said to spread across Benin, Ghana, Guinea, Mali, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone. Some cases have been also registered in the USA and Europe where they are believed to be imported from West Africa by international travellers.
The incubation period of this virus is said to be within 6-21 days after exposure and symptoms start with fever, weakness and later followed by headache, sore throat, muscle pain, diarrhoea, vomiting, coughs, and abdominal pain.
Experts also warn that 25 per cent of people who recover from this disease end up losing their hearing. Pregnant women are vulnerable to this disease as 80 per cent of those who are hospitalized, either the baby or the mother or both end up dying.
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