Mosquitoes are more than annoying insects that cause itchy bites, they can carry dangerous and deadly infections.
The same type of mosquito that carries the Zika virus, which has caused concern after a Brazil outbreak from 2015 to 2016, also contributes to the yellow fever virus. Zika causes mild or no symptoms to most, but can cause serious birth defects if her mother is infected with the virus, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CBD).
Yellow fever is more dangerous. In March, the CDC published a travel newsletter for those traveling to Brazil, where, according to the CDC, "there is a large, ongoing outbreak of yellow fever in several states". The travel advisory ranked Brazil at a "Tier 2", meaning that travelers should take "heightened precautions" as the risk of contracting the virus is higher than desired.
In addition, officials in South Florida hope the work they have done will prevent Zika from preventing Yellow Fever Sun-Sentinel reported
What is Yellow Fever?
Yellow fever is a virus transmitted by an infected mosquito, according to the Florida Department of Health. Some people do not develop symptoms at all and those who sometimes take them for a cold or flu. Symptoms include body aches, fever, nausea, vomiting, fatigue and headaches, according to the World Health Organization
For those who have symptoms, the virus can cause a high fever, jaundice, bleeding and even death, according to the CDC. Jaundice associated with the virus is what it got the name "yellow" fever.
How to prevent yellow fever:
The most effective way to prevent yellow fever, especially for those who travel to areas where the virus prevails vaccination. The vaccine should be given at least 1
For those who are not vaccinated, cover the skin, wearing insect repellents, spending time indoors or in screened areas and the Using a mosquito net while sleeping can all help prevent mosquito bites.
Where Yellow Fever is Usually Found
The virus occurs mainly in the tropics and subtropics in parts of Africa and South America, according to the CDC. The disease is rare in the United States and the few cases are sometimes caused by travelers coming from an area where the virus is more prevalent.
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