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Yellow fever virus is found in tropical and subtropical areas in South America and Africa. The virus is transmitted to humans by the bite of an infected mosquito. Yellow fever is a very rare cause of illness in U.S. travelers. Illness ranges in severity from a self-limited febrile illness to severe liver disease with bleeding. Yellow fever disease is diagnosed based on symptoms, physical findings, laboratory testing, and travel history, including the possibility of exposure to infected mosquitoes. There is no specific treatment for yellow fever; care is based on symptoms. Steps to prevent yellow fever virus infection include using insect repellent, wearing protective clothing, and getting vaccinated.

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Prevention

Tips for reducing risk of infection

Vaccine

Who should be vaccinated?

Transmission

How yellow fever virus is transmitted

Symptoms & Treatment

Signs and symptoms of yellow fever

Maps

Maps of yellow fever endemic areas in Africa and South America

Links & References

Publications and links to other resources

Frequently Asked Questions

Basic information about yellow fever

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