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LASSA FEVER: CLINICAL STAGING

LASSA FEVER: CLINICAL STAGING

Clinical staging helps in the early identification, as well as, the assessment of the severity of Lassa fever.

This staging is based on McCarthy staging system.

It uses onset interval and symptomatology to classify the severity into 4 stages.

They are as highlighted below.

 Stage 1:

Occurs within 1-3 days of infection.

Patient presents with weakness and malaise.

 Stage 2:

Occurs within 4-7 days of infection.

Patient presents with exudative tonsils, conjunctivitis, anaemia,  hypotension,  headache, productive cough, chest pain, abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.

 Stage 3:

Occurs within 1-2 weeks of infection.

Patient presents with face and neck swelling, convulsions, bleeding problems and encephalopathy.

 Stage 4:

Occurs after 2 weeks of infection.

Characterised by coma and death.

More to come…

 

 Courtesy

VHF SUBCOMMITTEE OF THE HOSPITAL SAFETY AND QUALITY IMPROVEMENT COMMITTEE OF

 FMC,  UMUAHIA

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