The advent of a new virus in a globe battling with the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) while the world is suffering from one.Now, a lethal haemorrhagic illness also known Lassa Fever, has become a cause of concern in the United Kingdom.
In the United Kingdom, three people have died from Lassa fever, which has been described as having
“pandemic potential” by health officials. Since the 1980s, documenting eight instances of Lassa fever in the UK, the most recent two in 2009.
It is an animal-borne, or zoonotic, acute viral infection also, a member
of the arenavirus family of viruses, causes the haemorrhagic disease.
People become infected due to the contamination of food or water with the urine or faeces of infected rats.
The initial discovery of the virus was in 1969 and it got its name after Lassa, a town in northern Nigeria
Once infected, It exhibits flu-like symptoms, such as fever, headaches, sore throat, muscle discomfort, diarrhoea, and vomiting.
The detection of the disease in UK for the first time in a decade, as per the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA).
According to the UKHSA, there are two affirming cases and one probable case in UK.
As per the report, the three patients are all from the same family and had recently came back from West Africa,
where the disease is quite common and an outbreak is continuing. Lassa fever is endemic in Benin, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Sierra
Leone, Togo, and Nigeria, according to the WHO, although it is also likely to exist in other West African nations.
According to the report, the disease has been classified as having
pandemic potential and is on the WHO’s priority diseases list among viruses like Ebola and dengue fever.
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