Yellow fever is a serious viral infection transmitted by
mosquitoes. It occurs mostly in Africa and South America. A vaccine is available that can prevent yellow fever.
Symptoms of yellow fever usually appear suddenly and may
Bleeding from the mucous
membranes of the nose and mouth. Gastrointestinal bleeding may cause the person
to vomit blood.
There is no specific treatment for yellow fever. Many cases of
yellow fever are mild, and people recover completely within a few days to a
week. More severe cases may lead to serious bleeding, failure of the heart,
liver, or kidneys, and death within a week to 10 days.
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & W. David Colby IV, MSc, MD, FRCPC - Infectious Disease
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