Other Viruses That Affect the Liver

  • Authors: Lisa VanWagner, MD, MSc, FAST (More Info)
  • Editor In Chief: Stefan Zeuzem, MD
  • Last Reviewed: 9/4/18 (What's New)


  • Lassa fever is a West African disease transmitted to humans through aerosol spread from rodents or through close contact with infected individuals
  • Lassa fever is characterized by fever, myalgias, sore throat, nausea, vomiting, and chest and abdominal pain[McCormick 1987; Ogbu 2007]
  • Most cases are mild or asymptomatic and only 1% result in death[CDC 2004]

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