Yellow Fever

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  • Topic: Yellow fever, Mosquito, Aedes aegypti
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Yellow Fever Extra Credit
Virus Classification:
Group: Group IV
Family: Flaviviridae
Genus: Flavivirus

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the words ‘yellow fever’? People who alters to the color yellow? An incurable disease that can cause self-destruction? Yes and no. The keyword here is ‘mosquitoes’. That’s right, tiny mosquitoes that carry a virus around to their victims. Yellow fever is only found in parts of South America and Africa with two different sequences of illness. Yellow fever has been the key to several upsetting outbreaks. The symptoms to this virus contain many unusual and unpleasant results; fortunately a prevention was developed that would give a ten year immunity from the disease. Some people’s first thought of yellow fever is where it’s origin to this virus.

Yellow fever is found simply from parts of South America and Africa. This disease can only be carried by the female mosquitoes. There are two different cycles of the yellow fever: jungle yellow fever and urban yellow fever. Jungle yellow fever is primarily a sickness of monkeys. People can catch this disease by setting themselves in the central point of this innate cycle and are bitten by the mosquitoes that have been tainted by the monkeys. Jungle yellow fever is uncommon and only occurs generally to people who work in the jungle often. Urban yellow fever disease is a sickness of humans. It’s a spread from infected mosquitoes to other human beings. The urban yellow fever is the basis of most of the yellow fever epidemics and outbursts. Aedes aegypti is the type of mosquito that usually carries the yellow fever from one human to another. These types of mosquitoes breed close to human residences, like flower pots, useless tires, oil drums, and wet storage containers. This urban disease caused many mishaps to Napoleon’s troops at Haiti.

One of the main outbreaks from this disease was Napoleon’s trip to Haiti. In 1802, Napoleon’s troops...
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