What do I need to know about caring for someone with yellow fever?

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Yellow fever is not contagious. A person cannot directly infect another person. However, if the Aedes aegypti mosquito bites an infected person, acquires the virus, and then bites another person, the disease will spread. Therefore, those with yellow fever should be protected from further mosquito exposure, at least for the first few days of the illness, to decrease the risk of infecting others. Follow all instructions from medical professionals for relieving symptoms of yellow fever. Attend to your loved one's needs and monitor their condition so you can be sure to contact the doctor immediately if symptoms worsen. Make sure they get rest and plenty of fluids. Since bleeding is a possible complication of the disease, medicines that increase the risk of bleeding (including aspirin, naproxen, and ibuprofen) should be avoided.

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