What conditions might be mistaken for yellow fever?

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The symptoms of yellow fever include high temperature, body aches, and jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes). These symptoms may be confused with various poisonings or with other infectious diseases such as typhoid, malaria, or viral hepatitis. It is one of several infectious diseases that can cause a hemorrhagic fever, a fever with organ failure resulting in bleeding complications. Other viruses that can cause hemorrhagic fever include Ebola disease, lassa fever, and dengue fever. While the diagnosis of yellow fever is suggested by symptoms and travel history, it must be confirmed with blood tests.

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Viral Infections

Viral Infections

Viral infections like herpes simplex, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), chicken pox and rotavirus are infections caused by a virus instead of a bacterium. Viral infections do not respond to antibiotics, but some specific viruses ...

like influenza A and B can be treated with certain antiviral medications. Most commonly, treatment for viral infections includes drinking lots of fluids, getting rest, eating well and letting the illness run its course.
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