A Potentially Fatal Virus
Yellow fever is a viral disease that is transmitted by mosquitoes. The disease is found in tropical and subtropical regions of Africa and South America and is caused by the yellow fever virus. Yellow fever can range in severity from a mild flu-like illness to a severe and potentially fatal disease.
Symptoms of yellow fever typically appear within 3 to 6 days of infection and can include headache, muscle aches, fever, nausea, and vomiting. In severe cases, the disease can progress to cause jaundice, abdominal pain, and bleeding from the mouth, nose, eyes, or stomach.
The best way to prevent yellow fever is through vaccination. The yellow fever vaccine provides life long protection against the disease and is safe for most people. If you are traveling to areas where yellow fever is prevalent (see image below), and are unaware as to whether you can receive the yellow fever vaccine, contact us at Pulteney Pharmacy; we would be happy to discuss with you and help you plan for your journey.
Vaccination is the most effective method of preventing yellow fever. Travelers to areas with a high risk of yellow fever transmission should get vaccinated before their trip. In addition, personal protective measures such as wearing long-sleeved clothing, using mosquito repellent, and sleeping under mosquito nets can also help to reduce the risk of infection.
Treatment for yellow fever involves managing symptoms and supportive care. In severe cases, treatment may include hospitalisation and supportive care, such as IV fluids, electrolyte replacement, and oxygen therapy.
If you suspect you have yellow fever, it is important to seek medical attention promptly.
In conclusion, yellow fever is a potentially fatal disease that is transmitted by mosquitoes. Preventive measures include vaccination and avoid