Yellow Fever

By: Luisa Amador

Definition and why its called yellow fever

Yellow Fever got its name from the jaundice that affects people. You may get yellow eyes and yellow skin if infected. The fever part is because you may get fever.


A way you can get infected are by mosquitoes. More commonly from Aedes, Aegypti, and Haemogogus mosquito bites.


If infected you may get fever, headache, sensitivity to light, nausea and vomiting, loss of appetite, dizziness, red eyes, red face, red tongue, and muscle aches.

Who gets Yellow Fever

You can get Yellow Fever no matter your gender, race, or age. Although males ages 20-40 are more common to get it.

Where it's common

Yellow Fever is common in South America and Sub-Saharan Africa. Also in places with low endemicity.
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Complications are that Yellow Fever isn't really easy to get rid of. In fact, 20 out of 50 people who get it die.

Other names for Yellow Fever

Other names for Yellow Fever can be, Yellow Jack and Yellow Plague.

Similar Diseases

Other similar mosquito borne illnesses are Malaria, Dengue Fever, Rift Valley Fever, West Nile Virus, and different kinds of Encephalitis.

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Ways you can prevent Yellow Fever are by avoiding going outside when mosquitoes are active. Wearing long sleeves and long pants when going outside, using insect repellent, and avoiding mosquito bites. You can also get the vaccination.

Treatment and drugs

For Yellow Fever there is no specific treatment. Although vaccination is really high recommended. Also if infected avoid aspirin and anti inflammatory drugs and be sure to be treated with a medication.

About the vaccination

A single dose protects against disease for about 10 years or more. Yellow fever vaccination may be required to enter certain countries. People should only be vaccinated if they are at risk of exposure to yellow fever virus or require proof of vaccination to enter a country. If you get the vaccination you might get effects like headaches, muscle aches, and may get low grade fevers.


Works Cited

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"Yellow Fever (jungle Yellow Fever, Urban Yellow Fever)." Yellow Fever (jungle Yellow Fever, Urban Yellow Fever). Web. 04 Dec. 2014.

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"Yellow Fever." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 12 July 2014. Web. 08 Dec. 2014.