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Understanding lassa fever

APRNEWS - Lassa fever is an illness caused by Lassa virus, a single-stranded RNA hemorrhagic fever virus from the family Arenaviridae.

It is an acute febrile viral illness lasting one to four weeks, and it occurs in West Africa and some areas beyond. The incubation period for Lassa fever is variable, from six days to three weeks.

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Ebola vaccination campaign kicks off in DR Congo

AFRICANEWS- Ebola vaccines are set to be administered to people in the Democratic Republic of Congo starting today. The World Health Organization (WHO) imported thousands of doses into the country last week.

Even though the vaccine has yet to be licensed, the DRC government gave WHO the go-ahead to administer it in a bid to curb the spread of the disease which resurfaced earlier this month.

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