Detection of Lassa virus, Mali

Emerg Infect Dis. 2010 Jul;16(7):1123-6. doi: 10.3201/eid1607.100146.


To determine whether Lassa virus was circulating in southern Mali, we tested samples from small mammals from 3 villages, including Soromba, where in 2009 a British citizen probably contracted a lethal Lassa virus infection. We report the isolation and genetic characterization of Lassa virus from an area previously unknown for Lassa fever.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Intramural

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Lassa virus / classification
  • Lassa virus / genetics
  • Lassa virus / isolation & purification*
  • Mali
  • Murinae / virology