There are many symptoms of yellow fever. The symptoms vary from person to person and one person may not experience all of the symptoms. Some of the most common symptoms of yellow fever are high fever, chills, headache, muscle aches, vomiting, backache etc.
Symptoms of yellow fever usually appear between 3 and 6 days after being infected by a mosquito. Yellow fever must be monitored by a doctor. After a brief recovery period, the infection may lead to shock, bleeding, and kidney and liver failure. (1)
Liver failure causes jaundice (yellowing of the skin and the whites of the eyes), which gives yellow fever its name. (2)
In mild cases of yellow fever, symptoms usually last one to three days. In more severe cases, there can be three stages of symptoms. About half the people who enter the third stage will die within 10 to 14 days; the other half recover. Shortly before death, the person can become very confused and extremely agitated. In severe cases, the person will go into a coma two to three days before they pass away. (3)
1. http://www.mamashealth.com/yellow.asp. (accessed July 2010)
2. http://www.dhpe.org/infect/yellow.html. (accessed July 2010)
3. http://virus.emedtv.com/yellow-fever/yellow-fever-symptoms-p2.html. (accessed July 2010)
All information provided by Dr Gaurav Gupta, MD, Charak Clinics. Stamaril, Yellow Fever Vaccine is available at Charak Clinics, Chandigarh, North India for all travelers to Endemic Countries in Africa / Central & South America with WHO certificate of vaccination valid for 10 years. For details write to us at drgaurav-at-charakclinics.com (replace -at- by @) or call at 91-172-5092585, 91-9872303775 during Office Hours.