Information on Yellow Fever
Yellow fever is a serious disease that is caused by a virus native to certain parts of Africa and South America. The virus is spread through the bite of an infected mosquito. Symptoms vary from person to person. While some people will have no symptoms, others may have flu-like symptoms or severe symptoms (including death).
If you think you may have yellow fever, see your healthcare provider. He or she will first rule out other causes of your symptoms, such as a cold or the flu. If yellow fever is suspected, your healthcare provider may use the following tests to make a diagnosis:
- Blood tests
- Cerebrospinal fluid tests
- Electrocardiogram (EKG).
Treatment involves managing your symptoms while your body fights the virus. There is no treatment that can kill the virus.
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