What are the symptoms of yellow fever?
The first symptoms of yellow fever appear 3-6 days after exposure to the virus. These symptoms are known as stage one of the disease, and may include:
- flushed face
- stomach pains
- muscle pain
- restlessness and irritability.
These symptoms last for approximately 3-4 days and then settle over another couple of days. In mild cases, the infection ends here. In more severe cases (approx. 15-25%), this is followed by serious symptoms know as stage two (toxic stage). About 50% of the people that reach this stage will die. Symptoms in stage two include:
- high fever
- pain in the upper part of the abdomen with vomiting of black ‘coffee grounds’ /bleeding
- jaundice (yellow skin and eyes)
- kidney failure
- liver failure
Yellow fever is a serious disease - urgent medical advice is needed if you have travelled to an area where yellow fever is present and you develop similar symptoms.
Sources & Citations
5. Better Health Channel. Travel health – yellow fever immunisation Available at: https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/conditionsandtreatments/travel-health-yellow-fever-immunisation (accessed 15 December 2021).
MAT-AU-2102493 Date of preparation January 2022Show All