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Doctor insights on: Viral Hemorrhagic Fever

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Can viral hemorrhagic fevers be cured?

Can viral hemorrhagic fevers be cured?

By yourself...: In many cases, we don't have medication to kill the viruses that can cause hemorrhagic fevers. Anecdotally, people have used iv-ig, but in general, your immune system has to do the brunt of the work. As physicians, we can pretty much help with supportive management only. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Hemorrhagic Fever (Definition)

Hemorrhagic fever is a condition in which a person has an infection causing fever, bleeding into the skin, internal bleeding, dropping blood pressure, shock, and death. These viral infections (usually found in tropical climates) include dengue fever, ...Read more


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Are the symptoms of viral hemorrhagic fevers bad?

Are the symptoms of viral hemorrhagic fevers bad?

Yes: Specific symptoms vary by the type of vhf, but symptoms often include fever, fatigue, muscle aches, and exhaustion. Patients with severe cases of vhf often show signs of bleeding under the skin, in internal organs, or from body orifices like the mouth, eyes, or ears. Severe cases also cause any organ to fail, with shock, coma, and death. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for viral hemorrhagic fevers?

What is the treatment for viral hemorrhagic fevers?

VHF treatment: Most of the vhf infections are not specifically treatable although immune serum has been used especially in argentine vhf. Ribavirin is useful especially in lassa fever infection, an arenavirus and probably in other arenavirus vhfs. ...Read more

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How is simian hemorrhagic fever (shf) similar to and different from ebola?

How is simian hemorrhagic fever (shf) similar to and different from ebola?

SHFV vs Ebola: Simian hemorrhagic fever virus (SHFV) comes from the arterividae family of viruses. Ebola virus (EV) is in the Filoviridae family. Patas, red-tailed guenons & red colobus monkeys are believed to be the natural host for SHFV. It is very pathogenic to simians but has not been linked to human disease. EV has led to many deaths in humans. Both are viruses that cause high fevers and hemorrhaging. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for hemorrhagic fever?

What is the treatment for hemorrhagic fever?

Difficult: Usually hemorrhagic fever infections are very dangerous with over 90% mortality-such as ebola virus- for example. Usually isolation and intense supportive care is all that can be done. Often, sadly, this doesn't work and the patient usually dies. There are really no great effective treatments for these diseases at this time. ...Read more

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How is BP affected from dengue hemorrhagic fever?

How is BP affected from dengue hemorrhagic fever?

Low: Usually hypotensive with acute phase and variable otherwise. ...Read more

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What is treatment for dengue hemorrhagic fever?

What is treatment for dengue hemorrhagic fever?

Supportive care: "supportive care, " meaning there's no specific treatment against the virus. You focus on treating the complications of the illness until it resolves. This can require hospitalization, sometime in an intensive care unit. ...Read more

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What are the tests for hemorrhagic fever?

What are the tests for hemorrhagic fever?

Hemorrhagic fever: The viral hemorrhagic fever viruses come in a variety of shapes and sizes and are generally endemic to a fairly localized area of the world. Antibody tests may not be positive early so that for, as an example, ebola virus using the electron microscope can visualize the virus in blood or tissue. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of hemorrhagic fever?

Multiple disorders: Infection with a wide variety of viruses can cause hemorrhagic fever. There is fever, and hemorrhages and depending on the virus other symptoms may include server muscle pain, nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, weakness, photophobia, severe headaches and severe cases alterations in mental status. ...Read more

Dr. Mark Diamond
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Fever (Definition)

Fever is the temporary increase in the body's temperature in response to some disease or illness. A child has a fever when the temperature is at or above one of ...Read more