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Yellow Fever is a viral disease that is potentially deadly. It is a flu-like disease that is spread by female mosquitoes. Yellow Fever is caused by yellow fever virus (YFV) also known as Flavivirus. Symptoms of Yellow Fever appear within three to six days after exposure. In acute stage symptoms appear, in the next stage symptoms go away and in the toxic stage symptoms reappear with serious implications on health. Symptoms of Yellow Fever are:
• Headaches and fever in acute stages
• Loss of appetite, flushing, shivers and backache
• Decreased urination
• Kidney failure
• Vomiting and abdominal pain
HOW IS YELLOW FEVER DIAGNOSED?
It is quite easy to diagnose Yellow fever because of the skin color and diagnosis is also done through a urine or blood tests though liver scans are also suggested.
HOW IS YELLOW FEVER TREATED?
There is no cure for Yellow Fever. Vaccination is available for preventing the disease. Symptoms can be treated. The body’s immune system needs to be supported to fight the disease
DID YOU KNOW?
Personal prevention of yellow fever includes vaccination, as well as avoidance of mosquito bites in areas where yellow fever is endemic. Institutional measures for prevention of yellow fever include vaccination programmes and measures of controlling mosquitoes. Programmes for distribution of mosquito nets for use in homes are providing reductions in cases of both malaria and yellow fever.