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Context: Recently, three persons diagnosed with Lassa fever in the UK died. The cases have been linked to travel to west African countries.
About Lassa Fever
A person can become infected if they come in contact with household items of food that is contaminated with the urine or feces of an infected rat.
Mild symptoms include slight fever, fatigue, weakness and headache.
Treatment: The antiviral drug ribavirin seems to be an effective treatment for Lassa fever if given early on in the course of clinical illness.
How to prevent the epidemic: Maintaining hygiene to prevent rats from entering the house, keeping food in rat-proof containers and laying down rat traps.
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