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Lassa virus or Lassa viral haemorrhagic fever is an acute illness of 1-4 weeks duration that occurs in West Africa. Though first described in the 1950s, the virus causing the disease was not identified until 1969. The virus is a single-stranded RNA virus belonging to the virus family Arenaviridae. Lassa fever is known to be endemic in Guinea (Conakry), Liberia, Sierra Leone and parts of Nigeria, but probably exists in other West African countries as well.
Scientists unravel the structure of octopus-like Lassa viral polymerase

Scientists unravel the structure of octopus-like Lassa viral polymerase

Study shows how viruses steal genetic signals from hosts to expand their own genomes

Study shows how viruses steal genetic signals from hosts to expand their own genomes