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by Duplessis Samuel on 06/19/2016 at 08:10 PM

Alarm for animal lovers

Alarm for animal lovers

There is a new claim by the scientists on jun13, 2016 that they have developed a new and advanced way to predict that how disease of an animal is spreading from them to human. It is an alarming situation for all the animal lovers and for those who have been thinking of having a pet at home.

Claim by scientists

Scientist used Lassa fever for experiment, which is a kind of fever spread by rats. It has been predicted that the cases of fever will be double in Africa by 2070. It is said by the scientist that the method they used for the diagnose can be applied for other diseases like Ebola and Zika. They continued with their claim by saying that viruses like Ebola and Lassa which causes haemorrhagic fever and can be fatal.

Lassa virus and its effects on people

It is a type of fever that is caused by the Mastomys rat. Recent search has shown, it is found in the parts of Africa. It is passed to the people when people get directly interacted with the rats by catching  and preparing food for them. If the things at home are contaminated with rat droppings and urine it can cause illness to the human as well.

Symptoms of Lassa fever

  • Fever
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Headaches
  • Abdominal pains
  • Sore throat
  • Facial swelling

A model has been developed by them to measure how often people are likely to come into contact with disease carrying animals and the risk of the virus spilling over.

Disease outbreaks

“Our model suggests that in future, it is likely to become a greater burden on local communities spreading to more areas with approximately twice as many spill-over events predicted by 2070,” Dr Jones and colleagues from the University of Cambridge and the Zoological Society London report in the journal, Methods in Ecology and Evolution.


Lassa fever sytomps of lassa


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