Yellow Fever

The Yellow Fever virus multiplied by 234,000 times
The Yellow Fever virus multiplied by 234,000 times

The common and scientific name of the disease.
It is commonly called Yellow Fever, but the scientific name is Coquillettidia fuscopennata.

What causes it?
The yellow fever is an arbovirus (a virus caused by invertebrates who have segmented bodies) caused by the Aedes and Haemogogus mosquitoes.
The Aedes mosquito feeding
The Aedes mosquito feeding

How is it transmitted?
There are 3 types of transmission circles that carry yellow fever.

a) Jungle yellow fever - In tropical rainforest, are infected mosquitos bite monkeys, which in turn affect the mosquitos that bite it.
This cycle continues, and when humans enter the forest, the yellow fever will be carried to the humans by the monkeys.
The majority of the humans who are affected are men who work in the forest (For example, logging)
b) Intermediate yellow fever - In more humid places in Africa, there are a type of yellow mosquitos who breed both in households and rainforest.
These mosquitos can affect both humans and monkeys, so several villages could suffer from yellow virus simultaneously. This is the most common sort of outbreak in Africa.
c) Urban yellow fever - This is where people get infected in a widely populated area, which result in a large epidemic.

Can it be cured? If so, how? If not, is there any way that we can at least treat it?
There is no specific cure for yellow fever, only supportive care to treat dehydration and high fever.
Infections associated with yellow fever can be treated with antibiotics.

Endemic Zones in Africa
Endemic Zones in Africa













Yellow fever. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs100/en/