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Risk Factors for Lassa fever

List of Risk Factors for Lassa fever

The list of risk factors mentioned for Lassa fever in various sources includes:

Risk factors discussion:

Individuals at risk are those who live or visit areas with a high population of Mastomys rodents infected with Lassa virus or are exposed to infected humans. Hospital staff are not at great risk for infection as long as protective measures are taken. (Source: excerpt from Lassa Fever: DVRD)

About risk factors:

Risk factors for Lassa fever are factors that do not seem to be a direct cause of the disease, but seem to be associated in some way. Having a risk factor for Lassa fever makes the chances of getting a condition higher but does not always lead to Lassa fever. Also, the absence of any risk factors or having a protective factor does not necessarily guard you against getting Lassa fever. For general information and a list of risk factors, see the risk center.


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