Yellow fever: Symptoms & Signs, Diagnosis & Tests

Symptoms & Signs

  • Arrhythmias, heart dysfunction
  • Bleeding (may progress to hemorrhage)
  • Coma
  • Decreased urination
  • Delirium
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Jaundice
  • Muscle aches (myalgia)
  • Red eyes, face, tongue
  • Seizures
  • Vomiting
  • Vomiting blood

Diagnosis & Tests

A person with advanced yellow fever may show signs of liver failure, renal failure, and shock.

If you have symptoms of yellow fever, tell your doctor if you have traveled to areas where the disease is known to thrive. Blood tests can confirm the diagnosis.


Review Date : 12/1/2009
Reviewed By : David C. Dugdale, III, MD, Professor of Medicine, Division of General Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine; Jatin M. Vyas, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Assistant in Medicine, Division of Infectious Disease, Department of Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.

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