​Yellow Fever

Yellow fever is an infection caused by a virus which spreads through bite of a special and rare kind of mosquito. Once bitten, the virus affects the liver and other organs of the body eventually proving fatal.

These specific species of mosquitos usually breed in urban areas.

The primary symptoms of this disease are flu and yellowing of skin. The yellowing of skin is usually because the virus affects the liver and causes jaundice. The symptoms usually occur in 3 phases. After the first phase, the symptoms vanish completely. The first phase, cannot be identified separately as it does not hold any distinguishing symptoms from a common infection.

First Phase:

  • Flu like symptoms

  • Headache

  • Body ache

  • Vomiting

  • Fever and chills

Second Phase:

  • Weak pulse

  • Extreme and dense yellowing of skin

  • Bloody urine

  • Bloody stool

  • Bleeding of gums

Third Phase:

  • Internal bleeding or haemorrhaging

  • Shock

  • Multiple organ failure

  • Jaundice​​

The above symptoms will start to show 3 to 6 days after youare exposed to the virus. If you feel your skin is yellowing accompanied with a fever, you should get yourself examined by the doctors at the Internal Medicine Services at The Aga Khan University Hospital immediately. Yellow fever usually has similar symptoms to malaria and typhoid, so if you have recently travelled to a high-risk country, it is highly recommended that you keep a check on this condition and track your symptoms.​
Your time with your doctor maybe limited, so make sure to prepare for your visit beforehand. Here are some tips to help get you started.​
Yellow fever is cannot be objectively diagnosed. The doctors will conduct your full body examination. They will also get some blood tests done to rule out other infections and determine whether the virus itself or antibodies against it have developed or not.

Yellow fever has no set treatment. Therefore, your doctor will treat you symptomatically. This means, treating you for fever, body pains, vomits and dehydration. The infected is very likely to start bleeding internally; hence drugs not prescribed by your doctor should be strictly avoided. The doctors will hospitalize you to monitor you response to the medicines and track your progress.

The Aga Khan University Hospital offers various support services to help with managing or recovering from the disease or condition. These include but are not limited to nutrition, physiotherapy, rehabilitation, specialized clinics and some patient support groups. Your doctor or nurse will advise you accordingly.

The Aga Khan University Hospital offers financial assistance to those who are in need and fulfil the eligibility criteria. For further information, you can contact the Patient Welfare Department. You can find the contact number of the Patient Welfare Department in the ‘Important Numbers’ section on the website homepage.

The financial counselling staff is available during office hours, at the main PBSD (Patient Business Services Department), to answer your financial queries on treatments’ costs and authorize admissions on partial deposit as per hospital policies allow. The financial counsellor in the emergency room is open 24/7. You can find the contact number of the Patient Business Services in the ‘Important Numbers’ section on the website homepage.​

Your doctor and or nurse will give you specific instructions about the prescribed medication. Please ensure that you take or use the prescribed medicine as advised. It can be dangerous to your health if you self-prescribe. Please inform the doctor or nurse beforehand if you have experienced any adverse reactions to any medications in the past. If you experience any symptoms of drug poisoning, overdose or severe reaction please contact the Pharmacy Service at The Aga Khan University Hospital immediately. You can find the contact number of the Pharmacy Services in the ‘Important Numbers’ section on the website homepage.

The information provided on our website is for educational purposes and not intended to be a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. You should always seek the advice of your doctor or other healthcare professional provider.