Yellow fever is a serious viral infection that's usually spread by a type of mosquito known as the Aedes aegypti mosquito. It can be prevented with a simple vaccination available at the Kingsbridge Private Hospital Travel Clinic.
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You should have a yellow fever vaccination at least 10 days before your travel. This will allow enough time for your body to develop protection against the yellow fever infection.
The yellow fever vaccination is recommended for:
- laboratory workers who handle infected material
- anyone travelling to, or living in, areas or countries where yellow fever is a problem
- anyone travelling to a country where an International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis (ICVP) against yellow fever is required for entry
Yellow fever mainly occurs in sub-Saharan Africa (countries to the south of the Sahara desert), South America and in parts of the Caribbean.
How yellow fever is spread
Yellow fever is a type of virus known as a flavivirus. The virus is transmitted through mosquito bites. It can be spread from one host to another, usually between monkeys, or from monkeys to humans, or from person to person.
Yellow fever symptoms
Typical symptoms of yellow fever include:
- high temperature (fever)
- nausea and vomiting
- muscle pain, including backache
- jaundice – yellowing of the skin and the whites of the eyes caused by liver damage
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