Yellow Fever Diagnosis

To make a yellow fever diagnosis, your doctor will ask a number of questions, perform a physical exam, and recommend certain tests. Some tests that are used to help make a yellow fever diagnosis include blood tests, cerebrospinal fluid tests, and electrocardiograms (EKGs). To definitively make a diagnosis of yellow fever, your doctor will draw a blood sample and send it to a commercial or public health laboratory for confirmation.

  

Yellow Fever Diagnosis: A Summary

In order to make a yellow fever diagnosis, your doctor will ask questions about a number of things (including recent medical and travel history), perform a physical exam, and recommend certain tests. As part of diagnosing a yellow fever virus infection, the doctor will also rule out other more common causes of possible yellow fever symptoms, such as the flu or the common cold.
 

Tests Used for a Yellow Fever Diagnosis

If the doctor thinks a person is at risk for yellow fever, he or she can order certain tests. These tests can include:
 
  • Blood tests
  • Cerebrospinal fluid tests
  • Electrocardiograms (EKGs).
     
These individual tests will not definitely diagnose yellow fever, but they can be helpful. To make a definitive diagnosis of yellow fever, the doctor will draw a blood sample and send it to a commercial or public health laboratory for confirmation.
 

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