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      Yellow fever

      Latest update: - Authors: Ula Maniewski, Mieke Croughs

      Yellow fever is a life-threatening infection that is caused by a virus.


      In an initial phase of flu-like symptoms appear such as:

      • high fever
      • headache
      • muscle pain

      The second phase is characterized by:

      • jaundice
      • bleeding
      • shock

      There is no cure for this virus, only supportive treatment to ease the symptoms. 

      This virus is transmitted by mosquitoes that mainly bite during the day.

      Some countries demand a yellow fever vaccination for everyone entering the country. This vaccination must be administered at least ten days prior to arrival and must be registered in an International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis

      Risk areas

      Yellow fever occurs only in subsaharian Africa and Latin America. There is no risk above an altitude of 2300 metres. 

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      Mosquito-repellent measures

      Avoid mosquitobites from dusk till dawn


      A vaccine is available (Stamaril).

      In case of symptoms

      Seek medical advice if you suffer any symptoms.

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