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Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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Do you think that Ebola will kill a lot of people like the yellow fever epidemic in 1793?

Do you think that Ebola will kill a lot of people like the yellow fever epidemic in 1793?

Not in the US but: It has already achieved that level in West Africa. The total # of death in Guinea, Sierra Leone & Liberia is 4, 912 with 10 additional deaths worldwide. Between 1 AUG to 9 NOV 1793 there were approximately 5, 000 official register of deaths in Philadelphia (many were due Yellow Fever). The available health care in W.Africa is sub-par which is why helping is streaming in from across the globe. >

Yellow Fever (Definition)

Also known as Acute Viral Hemorrhagic Disease, it is passed on through contact between people via mosquitoes. There is no cure to yellow fever but it can be prevented ...Read more


Dr. Marybeth Lambe Dr. Lambe
Travel Medicine
41 years in practice
University of Michigan Medical School
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What are the causes of yellow fever?

What are the causes of yellow fever?

I agree also: From Flavivurus family includes Dengue, Hep C, many types encephalitis. From "Flavus" meaning "yellow". RNA viral relatives who live in ticks, mosquitoes & have killed millions through time. Someone describes YF as "tropical'. Yellow Fever roared through Philidelphia, New Orleans, & Mississippi. USA has had 25 major outbreaks. The vaccine helps but doesn't reach, still, the poorest who need it

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Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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What organ or system does yellow fever affect?

What organ or system does yellow fever affect?

Yellow Fever: Has an incubation period of 3 to 6 days. Sx's of acute phase can include: fever, nausea, vomiting, headache, light sensitivity, muscle pain (back & knees), anorexia, dizziness & shivering. These sxs usually resolve after 3 to 4 days in 85% of patients. However 15% may have remission of sx's followed by return of high fever with abdominal pain, bloody emesis / stool, jaundice, slow heart rate, as >

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Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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Which organ or system does yellow fever attack?

Which organ or system does yellow fever attack?

Impacted organs: Yellow fever can impact liver, kidney, heart, brain & hematologic system.

Dr. Simon Tsiouris Dr. Tsiouris
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
19 years in practice
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
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Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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Which body systems does yellow fever effect most?

Which body systems does yellow fever effect most?

Yellow Fever: Yellow fever can impact liver, kidney, heart, brain & hematologic system.

Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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Which organ or body system does yellow fever attack?

Which organ or body system does yellow fever attack?

Organs/ systems: Yellow fever can impact liver, kidney, heart, brain & hematologic system.

Dr. Christopher Nicora Dr. Nicora
Internal Medicine
20 years in practice
St. George's University School of Medicine
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What is the definition or description of: yellow fever?

What is the definition or description of: yellow fever?

Yellow fever: Acute viral hemorrhagic disease. Passed on through contact between people via mosquitoes. There is no cure to yellow fever but it can be prevented by getting a vaccination.

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Dr. Dan Fisher Dr. Fisher
Internal Medicine
23 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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How can you get tested for yellow fever? Where do you go?

How can you get tested for yellow fever? Where do you go?

Serum test / doctor: You can have serum tested for yf, but the history and physical ought to be the first test. Your doctor should do this.

Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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Is it possible to die from yellow fever if you get it today?

Is it possible to die from yellow fever if you get it today?

Yellow Fever: Has an incubation period of 3 to 6 days - so you wouldn't have symptoms yet. 15% of those infected going into a second phase of illness which is very toxic. Half of those people will die from it.

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Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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What would be the most common long term and short term solutions to yellow fever?

What would be the most common long term and short term solutions to yellow fever?

Solution prevention: Short & long term interventions include vaccination, use of effective repellents & use of protective clothing & netting.

Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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Can you get yellow fever while on a cruise?

Can you get yellow fever while on a cruise?

Where is the cruise?: Tropics? Inland water way? Yellow fever is found in some areas of South America & sub Saharan Africa. It is a virus transmitted by mosquito bites.

Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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What's the causative agent for yellow fever?

What's the causative agent for yellow fever?

Yellow Fever: Yellow fever is caused by an arbovirus (flavivirus genus). Aedes and Haemogogus mosquitoes are the primary vectors.

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Dr. Ankush Bansal Dr. Bansal
Internal Medicine
13 years in practice
Creighton University School of Medicine
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Where I can get inoculated for yellow fever?

Where I can get inoculated for yellow fever?

Travel clinic: You can go to your local health department clinic for travel immunizations or search the internet for local travel medicine doctors/clinics in your area. They should be able to get that for you as well as the certificate you need for immigration/customs.

Dr. Lakhminder Sandhu Dr. Sandhu
General Practice
27 years in practice
University of Delhi, Lady Hardinge Medical College
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Is yellow fever genetically related disease?

Is yellow fever genetically related disease?

Yellow fever: Yellow fever is an infection caused by a virus. Virus is transmitted to people by the bite of infected mosquitoes. Illness can range from self limited fever to severe liver disease with bleeding.

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Dr. Martin Raff Dr. Raff
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
52 years in practice
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
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Does anyone know where I can get vaccinated for yellow fever?

Does anyone know where I can get vaccinated for yellow fever?

Travel med clinic: Either your local health department will provide this or know where it is available, or if there is a travel medicine physician in your area they will have this. Or you could join the military.

Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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Do doctors think it's essential I have a yellow fever injection?

Do doctors think it's essential I have a yellow fever injection?

That depends: Some countries require an international certificate of vaccine or prophylaxis for yellow fever before they will allow you entry. They could vaccinate you as you enter the country or detain you to check for infection. You can check www. Gov/travel to find out yellow fever vaccination requirements for the countries you plant to travel.

Dr. Lakhminder Sandhu Dr. Sandhu
General Practice
27 years in practice
University of Delhi, Lady Hardinge Medical College
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Hi, Does yellow fever actually makes you turn yellow, like a banana?

Hi, Does yellow fever actually makes you turn yellow, like a banana?

Yellow fever: Yellow fever can affect liver and that can present as yellow discolouration of body (jaundice).

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Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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Is it okay to give organs or blood after getting a yellow fever shot?

Is it okay to give organs or blood after getting a yellow fever shot?

Blood - 14 days.: You should not donate blood for 14 days after being vaccinated for yellow fever. Organs - don't know but suspect it is similiar.

Dr. Stephen Scholand Dr. Scholand
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
19 years in practice
George Washington University Medical School
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Do you think yellow fever and malaria could be treated with one drug?

Do you think yellow fever and malaria could be treated with one drug?

Definitely not: Malaria & Yellow fever are completely different diseases. Malaria is caused by parasites, whereas Yellow fever is caused by a virus. When traveling, you don't want to catch either of these. They are BOTH associated with mosquito bites -so above all else- AVOID THE BITE! Your doc should be able to help you access an ID doctor or Travel Medicine specialist who can help u avoid these nasty diseases.

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