• Authors: Kazachinskaia E.I.1, Aripov V.S.2, Ivanova A.V.2, Shestopalov A.M.3
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    1. The Federal State Budget Scientific Institution «Federal Research Center for Fundamental and Translational Medicine, Ministry of science and higher education Russian Federation, Novosibirsk city 2 State Research Centre of Virology and Biotechnology Vector of Federal Service for Surveillance in the Sphere of Consumers Rights Protection and Human Welfare, Kol’tsovo, Novosibirsk region, Russian Federation
    2. State Research Centre of Virology and Biotechnology «Vector», Federal Service for the Oversight of Consumer Protection and Welfare (Rospotrebnadzor)
    3. The Federal State Budget Scientific Institution «Federal Research Center for Fundamental and Translational Medicine» of Ministry of science and higher education Russian Federation, Novosibirsk city
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Abstract. Globalization and high-speed means of transportation contribute to the spread of infections dangerous to humans. Airborne pathogens have pandemic potential as currently shown in case of the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. Natural focal Lassa fever (LF) common in West African countries, in 35 cases was registered in non-endemic geographical areas because any person infected with Lassa virus (LASV) is a long-term source of infection (up to two months). Cases of person-to-person infection in endemic territories are described. In Germany, the facts of secondary virus transmission from patients to doctors have been recorded during the examination and blood collection from an apparently healthy person as well as during the autopsy of a deceased subjects due to severe LF course.

Nonspecific malaise symptoms in LF are also characteristic of numerous other diseases common on the African continent, e.g., malaria and typhoid fever or viral infections such as yellow fever, Chikungunya, dengue and Zika, monkey pox and Ebola virus disease. In this regard, there may be similar dermatological manifestations. Timely detection of cases and differential diagnosis are crucial to ensure safe patient care and use of affordable antiviral therapy for LL provided by the drug ribavirin.

research methods for studying LASV use polymerase chain reaction (PCR) for detecting viral RNA, electron microscopy, isolation of infectious virus cultured sensitive cells, indirect immunofluorescence reaction, enzyme immunoassay (ELISA) and immunochromatographic assays for the detection of antibodies and /or antigen as well as immunoblotting. Currently, test kits based on molecular and genetic methods are mainly used for LF laboratory diagnostics.

Since the 1980s, ribavirin has been used to treat patients with LF. The serum accumulation of the drug in large quantities causes hemolysis, development of anemia and impaired renal function. In this regard, treatment options are being considered with decline in its concentration due to combined use with other antiviral drugs. A search for new therapeutic agents capable of inhibiting viral replication at disease early stage has been in progress due to lack of any approved vaccines.

About the authors

E. I. Kazachinskaia

The Federal State Budget Scientific Institution «Federal Research Center for Fundamental and Translational Medicine, Ministry of science and higher education Russian Federation, Novosibirsk city
2 State Research Centre of Virology and Biotechnology Vector of Federal Service for Surveillance in the Sphere of Consumers Rights Protection and Human Welfare, Kol’tsovo, Novosibirsk region, Russian Federation

Author for correspondence.
ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1856-6147

Grand PhD in Biological sciences

a Leading Researcher; Department of experimental modeling of pathogenesis of infectious diseases; The Federal State Budget Scientific Institution «Federal Research Center for Fundamental and Translational Medicine» of Ministry of science and higher education Russian Federation, Novosibirsk city;

b Leading Researcher; Department of Bioengineering of State Research Centre of Virology and Biotechnology «Vector», Federal Service for the Oversight of Consumer Protection and Welfare (Rospotrebnadzor)

Russian Federation

V. S. Aripov

State Research Centre of Virology and Biotechnology «Vector», Federal Service for the Oversight of Consumer Protection and Welfare (Rospotrebnadzor)


PhD student; research trainee of Department of Bioengineering

Russian Federation

A. V. Ivanova

State Research Centre of Virology and Biotechnology «Vector», Federal Service for the Oversight of Consumer Protection and Welfare (Rospotrebnadzor)


PhD in Biological sciences; Senior Researcher of Department of Bioengineering 

Russian Federation

A. M. Shestopalov

The Federal State Budget Scientific Institution «Federal Research Center for Fundamental and Translational Medicine» of Ministry of science and higher education Russian Federation, Novosibirsk city


Grand PhD in Biological sciences; Professor; Head of the Department of experimental modeling of pathogenesis of infectious diseases; The Federal State Budget Scientific Institution «Federal Research Center for Fundamental and Translational Medicine» of Ministry of science and higher education Russian Federation, Novosibirsk city

Russian Federation


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