Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

Overview Risk Factors Symptoms Treatment questions for doctor specialist Home Care pain and fever adults pain and fever children warning signs Prevention Underlying Cause Transmission

Lassa Fever Overview

Another name for Lassa Fever is Arenavirus Infection.

What is an arenavirus infection?
Arenaviruses cause serious viral infections that can be transmitted from animals to man. These infections can result in severe hemorrhage or encephalitis.

What are the symptoms of an arenavirus infection?
Early symptoms of an arenavirus infection include back pain, body aches, fever, chills, joint pains, nausea, vomiting, and rash. Later symptoms include excessive bleeding.

How does the doctor treat an arenavirus infection?
Treatment for an arenavirus infection includes general supportive care and fever control. Antiviral medications may be effective in some cases.

Continue to Lassa Fever Risk Factors

Last Updated: Aug 16, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
Copyright DSHI Systems, Inc. Powered by: FreeMD - Your Virtual Doctor

PubMed Lassa Fever References
  1. Charrel RN, de Lamballerie X. Arenaviruses other than Lassa virus. Antiviral Res. 2003 Jan;57(1-2):89-100. [12615305]
  2. Damonte EB, Coto CE. Treatment of arenavirus infections: from basic studies to the challenge of antiviral therapy. Adv Virus Res. 2002;58:125-55. [12205778]
FreeMD is provided for information purposes only and should not be used as a substitute for evaluation and treatment by a physician. Please review our terms of use.