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Lassa fever: An interview with Dr Judy Stone

Nigeria is currently experiencing what is described as an “unprecedented outbreak” of Lassa fever. The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and partners like the World Health Organization (WHO)are intensifying the outbreak response.

So what is Lassa fever?

I was joined by infectious disease physician, Dr Judy Stone in this Mar. 2016 interview to learn the ins-and-outs of this serious viral disease.


C. S. Goldsmith, P. Rollin, M. Bowen
This transmission electron micrograph (TEM) depicted numbers of Lassa virus virions adjacent to some cell debris. The virus, a member of the virus family Arenaviridae, is a single-stranded RNA virus, and is zoonotic, or animal-borne that can be transmitted to humans. The illness, which occurs in West Africa, was discovered in 1969 when two missionary nurses died in Nigeria, West Africa.