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The Lassa virus is a vulgar virus with a high mortality rate and an expensive cure Lassa was strange to me because I have never heard of the virus before As I was reading in my research I began to realize the risk the virus has on people Lassa was first discovered in humans in a village in northern Nigeria Andrechek Lassa outbreaks have been reported in Guinea Senegal Mali Sierra Leone and Zaire which are all countries in West Africa Andrechek There have been reports of the Lassa virus out side of West Africa but those were in health care workers who had previously worked in that area There is an estimate of 200000 to 400000 cases of Lassa Fever annually thousands fatal Andrechek The mortality among hospital cases is 15 but if untreated is 60 The way the Virus is treated is with Ribavirin for ten days If the infected person gets treatment within six days his mortality rate drops to 5 to 9 in medium to high risk group If the virus is not treated within six days but is treated after six days the mortality rate skyrockets to 26 to 47 Andrechek Mortality is 2 to 3 times higher it is found in pregnant or post portum women The Ribavirin can be stored in room temperature places but is very expensive and is hard to get to people in need within six days There is an alternate way of treating the virus with the Mozambique Virus MV that eats the Lassa virus but the risk of mortality is increased dramatically This MV is administered only if the disease it is a life or death situation between the one to six day period There isnt a real cure for the virus You can only hope it dies away with the treatment but they are still working on that The way Lassa Fever was originally transmitted was through rats urine and saliva Andrechek
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