Yellow Fever - Treatment

If you or someone you know had yellow fever, what medications and treatment were given?

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What is the treatment for yellow fever?

There is no specific curative treatment for yellow fever. Treatment is supportive and aimed at relieving the symptoms of the disease, including the pain and fever. As previously mentioned, the majority of patients who develop symptoms from yellow fever will experience a mild course of illness which will resolve on its own within three to four days.

Supportive measures implemented depend on the severity of the disease, and may include

  • oxygen administration,
  • intravenous fluid administration for dehydration,
  • medications to increase blood pressure in cases of circulatory collapse,
  • transfusion of blood products in cases of severe bleeding,
  • antibiotics for secondary bacterial infections,
  • dialysis for kidney failure,
  • endotracheal intubation (placement of a breathing tube) and mechanical ventilation in cases of respiratory distress.

Acetylsalicylic acid (Aspirin) and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) should be avoided because of the increased risk of bleeding.

For the first few days of illness, infected individuals should also be isolated indoors and/or under mosquito netting in order to prevent further mosquito exposure, thus eliminating the potential for further transmission of the disease.

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