YELLOW FEVER: SYMPTOMS, TREATMENT, & PREVENTION
Get the facts about yellow fever and find out how to help protect yourself and your loved ones from this mosquito-borne disease.
WHAT IS YELLOW FEVER?
Yellow fever is a virus that is spread through the bites of infected Aedes aegyptimosquitoes, which bite mostly during the daytime and typically live in urban areas in tropical and subtropical regions. The good news is that there is a very effective and affordable vaccine to help prevent yellow fever.1 Learn more about the disease and find tips to help safeguard your family from potentially dangerous mosquito bites.
WHERE IS THE DISEASE COMMON?
Yellow fever is predominantly found in tropical areas of Africa and Central and South America. Occasionally, people traveling to these areas may bring yellow fever back to countries not affected by the disease. That’s why many countries require proof of yellow fever vaccination before issuing a visa.1
YELLOW FEVER SYMPTOMS2
Most people infected with yellow fever don’t have any symptoms or have mild symptoms and recover from the disease completely. Symptoms of yellow fever virus usually improve within several days and include:
INITIAL YELLOW FEVER SYMPTOMS2
Sudden onset of fever
Nausea and/or vomiting
Loss of appetite
Headache and muscle aches
Sensitivity to light
Red eyes, face, or tongue
SEVERE YELLOW FEVER SYMPTOMS2
The initial symptoms of yellow fever may disappear, but then return a day or two later along with more life-threatening symptoms, including:
Yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes (jaundice)
Abdominal pain and vomiting (sometimes vomiting blood)
Bleeding from the eyes, nose, and mouth
Slow heart rate
Brain dysfunction (seizures, delirium, or coma)
Severe yellow fever disease can be fatal. So, if you live in or have traveled to areas at high risk for the disease and experience any of these symptoms, seek immediate medical attention.
DID YOU KNOW?
Yellow fever got its name from the yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes (jaundice) that affect some people with severe symptoms of the disease.1
YELLOW FEVER TREATMENT
Since there is no medicine to cure yellow fever, treatment for more severe symptoms focuses on supportive care in a hospital.3
OUR COMMITMENT TO FIGHTING YELLOW FEVER
TheSC Johnson Institute of Insect Science for Family Healthis home to thousands of mosquitoes, including the species that transmits yellow fever. We study these biting bugs to learn new ways to help protect your family and prevent the spread of mosquito-borne diseases.
HOW TO HELP AVOID YELLOW FEVER4
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This is provided for your information only and is not intended to diagnose or treat any medical condition. Should you have any symptoms or concerns, please contact your doctor.