by Tyler P. Miller
An Overview of Yellow Fever
Yellow fever broke out in the North American continent starting in the 1600s. During the early days of the United States of America, yellow fever was widely feared. There were outbreaks in major American port cities. In the 1800s the yellow fever "vaccines" produced were ineffective, but as a result of the Spanish-American War (which was fought in yellow feverish Cuba) the Government starting researching a vaccine, but this too failed. Yellow fever spread among the Panama Canal workers. A vaccine was not discovered until the mid-twentieth century.
Yellow fever affects the eyes, the skin, the kidneys, the stomach, the head, and other internal organs.
Yellow fever causes the eyes and the skin to yellow. It causes the kidneys to shut down. It causes intense stomach pain and headaches. It also causes dehydration and bleeding.
There are three types of yellow fever. Sylvatic yellow fever occurs in the tropical rainforests. Intermediate yellow fever occurs in the more humid parts of Africa. Multiple villages can be impacted at once by intermediate yellow fever because of mosquitos. And, finally, urban yellow fever occurs in areas with large population densities. Urban yellow fever can lead to large epidemics.
The Causes of Yellow Fever
Mosquitos spread yellow fever.
An infected person
The second stage of yellow fever causes jaundice.
A young African is receiving a yellow fever vaccination that may save his life one day.
The Incidence of Yellow Fever
Signs and Symptoms of Yellow Fever
Diagnosis of Yellow Fever
Treatments for Yellow Fever
How to Prevent Yellow Fever
Additional Facts on Yellow Fever
Fifty percent of those with a serious case of yellow fever that do not receive medical help will die.
It is called "yellow fever" because it causes jaundice in those infected. Jaundice is the yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes.
It takes three to six days for yellow fever to incubate in a human body.
Twelve poorer nations have conducted vaccination campaigns to reduce the risk of yellow fever epidemics. These campaigns occurred between 2007 and 2012.
Vaccines are effective for eighty to one hundred percent of people within ten days of receiving the vaccination.