What are the treatment options for yellow fever?

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Treatment for yellow fever is limited to symptom relief only; there is no definitive cure. In milder cases, pain medications such as ibuprofen can be used to reduce muscle soreness and fever, but ibuprofen and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories may need to be avoided as they increase the risk of bleeding. More severe cases require hospitalization for intravenous fluid administration and additional medical support. Such additional support may include a plasma transfusion to help replace the blood proteins needed to form blood clots. Dialysis may be needed if kidney function declines. Antibiotics, while not effective against the yellow fever virus, can be used to treat additional infections that may occur when a person is in a weakened state.

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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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