WASHINGTON (ABC 7) — Yellow Fever is a frequently lethal viral infection, killing half of those who develop severe symptoms. Recent outbreaks in Brazil have caused many to question if the deadly infection could spread to Central or North America.
The deadly infection is transmitted by the bite of the Aedes aegypti mosquito, which is also responsible for the spread of Zika virus. There is a vaccine which protects people for life, but few adults have been immunized. Clinical Associate Director, Division of Infectious Diseases, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Dr. Julie Trivedi sat down with GMW to discuss the facts and fiction surrounding a possible outbreak in the near future.