Yellow Fever Causes, Signs & Symptoms, and Treatment

  posted by: Rio Dianne



Yellow Fever Causes, Signs & Symptoms, and TreatmentIf malaria is brought about by the anopheles mosquito, there’s the specie of the Aedes aegypti mosquito which brings about another viral infection known as the Yellow Fever. You might be wondering what it is thus learn more to find out about yellow fever causes, signs and symptoms, and treatment by reading the article below.

Yellow Fever Causes and Signs and Symptoms

Generally, the disease is a common occurrence in tropical countries including Africa and South America. It is not limited to a certain age group, however, it is noted that elderly people are more prone to the infection.  When a person is bitten by any of the infected specie of the Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, the virus is injected to the person and will eventually show symptoms after 6 days.

Once transmission has occurred, several symptoms such as the following might appear:

  • High fever
  • Chills
  • Headache
  • Muscle and joint aches
  • Jaundice
  • General malaise
  • Loss of appetite
  • Vomiting

Advanced stages of the problem may bring about complications such as liver failure, heart dysfunction, kidney failure, hemorrhage, brain dysfunction which leads to seizures, coma, and death.

When you suspect signs of the disease, it is necessary that you seek medical treatment immediately. You will be required to undergo blood tests, cerebrospinal fluid test, electrocardiograms, etc for a definitive diagnosis of the condition.

How to Treat Yellow Fever

Because this is a viral infection, there isn’t any specific treatment available for the problem. How to cure yellow fever may include the following:

  • Fever management
  • Blood transfusion
  • Intravenous fluid therapy
  • Oral rehydration solution to prevent dehydration
  • Painkillers but not aspirin

Home remedies such as resting, drinking plenty of fluids, and providing comfort to the sufferer are also encouraged to alleviate the symptoms and speed up recovery.

Yellow Fever Prevention

Vaccination is always in the top list on how to prevent the condition. Apart from infant immunization, people who wish to travel to endemic countries should ask for a shot or injection to prevent being afflicted with the disease. The vaccine is considered safe and the cost is affordable. Not to mention that it provides immunity to the person. Moreover, there aren’t any noted side effects of the injection.

Finally, mosquito control should also be observed by reduction of any site than may pose as breeding ground for mosquitoes. Avoid mosquito bites when traveling to a tropical country and make sure that you wear long sleeves for protection. Insect repellants are also a must.


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