Yellow fever is a viral disease that is transmitted to humans by the bite of infected mosquitoes. In which serious cases, turns the skin yellow. The virus is endemic in tropical areas of Africa and Central and South America. Symptoms of yellow fever include:
Once contracted, the yellow fever virus incubates in the body for 3 to 6 days. Yellow fever is difficult to diagnose, especially during the early stages. A more severe case can be confused with severe malaria, leptospirosis, viral hepatitis, other haemorrhagic fevers, and poisoning.
Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing in blood and urine can sometimes detect the virus in early stages of the disease. In later stages, testing to identify antibodies is needed (ELISA and PRNT).
Vaccination is the most important means of preventing yellow fever. People who are one year of age or older must hold an international vaccination certificate if, within six days before arriving in (or returning to) Australia, they have stayed overnight or longer in a declared yellow fever-infected country.
Those excluded from needing the Yellow Fever vaccine include:
If you are planning on a trip to Africa or South America it is recommended you get vaccinated against Yellow Fever. Click the link below to book your appointment or call 03 9670 2291