Lassa fever is the same thing as Lassa hemorrhagic fever (LHF), it is an acute viral hemorrhagic fever caused by the Lassa virus.

Reports have it that the virus was first recorded in 1969 in the town of Lassa, in Borno State.

The disease is said to incubate in the body for about 6 to 21 days, before an illness that affects vital organs occurs.

About 40 lives have been lost as a result of the emergence of the disease in Nigeria.

Recently, the Plateau State Government reportedly called for support from stakeholders in its effort to eradicate Lassa fever in the state.

The Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole also revealed that the disease has been recorded in 10 states across the country including the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

And he has highlighted 7 symptoms of Lassa fever everyone should know:

1. Nausea

2. Vomiting (bloody)

3. Diarrhea (bloody)

4. Stomach ache

5. Cough

6. Chest pain

7. Constipation