Lassa fever and the politics of an emerging disease: The scope for One Health

Authors Wilkinson, A.
Year of Publication 2015
Type of Publication Working Paper
Open Access No


This paper explores the politics of knowledge and disease control for Lassa fever, a zoonotic viral haemorrhagic fever which is endemic in parts of West Africa. The Lassa virus has been classified as a 'Category A' pathogen, meaning it is considered to be one of the world’s most dangerous organisms and a potential bioweapon. Unusually for a Category A pathogen it also causes endemic human disease with public health implications.