Sequelae of Lassa fever: Postviral cerebellar ataxia

Chiomah Ezeomah, Adeyi Adoga, Chikwe Ihekweazu, Slobodan Paessler, Irma Cisneros, Oyewale Tomori, David Walker

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Lassa fever is a zoonotic disease endemic in some West African countries. It is exported to countries in America, Asia, and Europe. Antivirals against Lassa fever are important to provide a cure in patients with the disease and provide protection against it. In addition, due to the potential utilization of Lassa virus as a bioterrorism agent, vaccines against the disease can be utilized as a counter-terrorism measure. Developing antiviral compounds and vaccines against the disease requires understanding of the pathogenesis of Lassa fever and its disease course, including the signs, symptoms, complications, and sequelae. An important sequela of Lassa fever is ataxia. A few cases of postviral ataxia following Lassa fever have been described in the literature. This review focuses on highlighting these cases, the gaps in scientific knowledge where further research is needed, and possible ways of diagnosing postviral ataxia after Lassa fever in resource-limited settings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalOpen Forum Infectious Diseases
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 1 2019


  • Ataxia
  • Lassa fever
  • Neurodegenerative disorder
  • Postviral
  • Sequelae of lassa fever

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Infectious Diseases
  • Oncology


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