Research Article

A case of Lassa fever: clinical and virological findings.

Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1982; 285 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.285.6347.1001 (Published 09 October 1982) Cite this as: Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1982;285:1001
  1. R T Emond,
  2. B Bannister,
  3. G Lloyd,
  4. T J Southee,
  5. E T Bowen

    Abstract

    Five days after arriving in London from Jos a young Nigerian women developed a severe and prolonged illness that proved to be Lassa fever. Virus was not detected in urine during the first three weeks but then appeared and reached a peak during the sixth week, with continuing excretion for 67 days after the onset of illness. Laboratory investigations showed evidence of extensive tissue damage and disturbance of clotting, but there was no serious bleeding and she eventually made a complete recovery despite a high sustained viraemia and severe liver damage. Convalescent serum was used in treatment but it was difficult to assess its contribution to the favourable outcome.