YELLOW FEVER By: Caroline Pate and Jill McCarthy
What is it? • Infectious, viral disease that can be fatal. • It is found in warm climates. • It is caused by an RNA virus from a mosquito!
How do you know you have it? • The skin starts to turn a yellowish color. • The whites of eyes can turn yellower. • That’s why they call it Yellow Fever!
What is its history? • In1793-1822 it was the most dreaded diseases in the United States. • It has been traced back before the 18th century! • It was first discovered by Benjamin Rush. • It originated in the tropics.
How is it spread? • Spreads very quickly and easily. • Smelling victim's odor and breath will continue spreading. • Breathing the same air with those affected caused spreading.
Is there any treatment? • There is no cure. • There is a vaccine available. • The person affected WILL need to be in the hospital.
What’s it’s current research? • Pasteur Institute in Dakar prepare vaccines. • These vaccines prevent yellow fever, not cure . • Epidemiological research in conducted in two ways: • Retrospective epidemiology: investigates disease after someone is infected • Prospective epidemiology: determines if someone will be affected in future
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