Yellow Fever

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Yellow Fever

Yellow Fever

Yellow Fever is a very dangerous disease that have horrible symptoms, an "acute" phase, and a fatal "toxic" phase. It also had a major breakout in Philidelphia in 1793.

Yellow Fever Overview

Symptoms

Yellow Fever's symptoms are unpleasant most of the time. When you catch yellow fever, you start to get pain in your muscles, back, and abdomen. You would also experince fatiuge, a loss of appetite, nausea, and malaise. Delirium, vomiting, bleeding, headaches, and jaundice are also common after you get yellow fever. (Jaundice is the yellowing of skin and/or eyes.)

The first phase of yellow fever is called the acute phase. In this phase you will probably still have some of the symptoms, and a few other problems. Your eyes would get bloodshot, your face would get red, and your tongue would have blood on it. Yellow fever victims in this phase would be sensitive to light, and dizzy sometimes. This phase lasts about three to four days, according to the World Health Organization. Then patients go into remission.

Acute Phase

Although, within 24 hours of remission, 15% of people will go into a fatal, toxic phase. This phase lasts 10-14 days. Again, jaundice is very common in this phase, but there is also bradycardia, which is a slowness in heart rate. Liver and kidney failure also occur during this phase.You can experince stomach pains and vomiting (Sometimes even blood!) Speaking of blood, when you have yellow fever you can bleed from your nose, mouth, and even your eyes! You can also get confused, have seizures, comas, be delirious, and even have a brain dysfunction. In one article, it says only some people survive this phase, and those who do end up with serious organ damage.

Toxic Phase

I found some interesting facts while research here are some of them. Did you know most cases of yellow fever come from Africa and Latin America? Speaking about yellow fever cases, there are about 200,000 cases each year, but only about 30,000 people die from yellow fever each year. You can shield yourself though. There is a vaccine that lasts for 30 days, and works 99% of the time. Moving along, the virus is spread by female Aedes and Haemagogus misquitos.

Fun Facts

In conclusion, yellow fever is very dangerous, with two phases, and many unpleasent symptoms. So, if you go to Africa or Latin America, remember to pack some bug spray!

Conclusion

Sources

Mayo Clinic Staff. "Yellow Fever." Mayo Clinic. Mayo Foundation, 20 Aug. 2014. Web. 12 Mar. 2015. .Murphy, Jim. An American Plague. New York: Scholastic Inc., 2003. Print."Yellow Fever." WHO. World Health Organization, Mar. 2014. Web. 12 Mar. 2015. ."Yellow Fever." Wikipedia. Wikimedia, n.d. Web. 7 Apr. 2015. .


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