Lassa fever: Meaning and Definition of

Las'sa fe'ver

Pronunciation: (lä'su), [key]
— Pathol. Pathol.
  1. a highly contagious viral disease, largely confined to central West Africa, characterized by fever, difficulty in swallowing, and inflammation of the pharynx, often progressing to infect the lungs, heart, and kidneys, leading to death.
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