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Lassa fever is a viral illness that occurs in West Africa. It is spread through contact with infected rodents or their droppings, or through close contact with a person who is sick with Lassa fever. It usually causes mild symptoms, including slight fever, weakness, and headache. However, in some people it can cause more serious symptoms, like bleeding in the gums, eyes, or nose; difficulty breathing; repeated vomiting; facial swelling; pain in the chest, back, and abdomen; shock; and even death.

Source of original article: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) / CDC Travel Notices (tools.cdc.gov).
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