What Is Yellow Fever?

September 3, 2018

The yellow fever virus, a flavivirus, is transmitted by mosquitoes and is endemic in tropical South America and sub-Saharan Africa. The symptoms can consist of sudden fever onset, relative bradycardia, headache and, in severe cases, jaundice, hemorrhages and multiple organ failure. The diagnosis is made by a virus cell culture, reverse transcription and serological tests. Treatment is supportive. For prevention are vaccination and control of mosquitoes available. (See also Overview…