hemorrhagic fever


Definition of hemorrhagic fever

: any of a diverse group of virus diseases (such as Lassa fever and Ebola) that are usually transmitted by arthropods or rodents and are characterized by a sudden onset, fever, aching, bleeding in the internal organs, petechiae, and shock

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Seventy-two out of 111 patients who have been infected with the hemorrhagic fever have died, making this outbreak the deadliest in more than a decade in Congo, where the disease was first diagnosed in 1976 and named after the nearby Ebola River. Betsy Mckay, WSJ, "Health Officials Worried About Containing Latest Ebola Outbreak," 26 Aug. 2018 Health officials traveled there after the local health ministry in Equateur province alerted them on May 3 to 17 deaths from a hemorrhagic fever. Washington Post, "World Digest: May 14, 2018," 14 May 2018 This is Congo’s ninth Ebola outbreak since 1976, when the hemorrhagic fever was first identified. Saleh Mwanamilongo, The Seattle Times, "Ebola vaccinations begin in Congo’s northwest town of Bikoro," 28 May 2018 Ebola hemorrhagic fever is a disease with a high fatality rate that most commonly affects people and nonhuman primates such as monkeys, gorillas and chimpanzees, according to the World Health Organization. Susan Scutti, CNN, "Ebola 101: Answers to your questions about causes, symptoms, transmission and treatments," 25 May 2018 Nigeria, which has been battling outbreaks of yellow fever, monkey pox and Lassa virus, which can cause a lethal hemorrhagic fever resembling Ebola, is one of the countries identified by PreventEpidemics as not ready. Lena H. Sun, chicagotribune.com, "How prepared is the world for next epidemic? Tool shows most countries are not.," 22 June 2018 Health officials in the Democratic Republic of Congo began administering an experimental Ebola vaccine, as the country battles to contain its ninth outbreak of the hemorrhagic fever. Nicholas Bariyo, WSJ, "Ebola Vaccination Begins in Democratic Republic of Congo," 21 May 2018 Before the outbreak was confirmed, local health officials reported 21 patients showing signs of hemorrhagic fever around the village of Ikoko Impenge, near the town of Bikoro. Fox News, "17 deaths reported in Congo as Ebola outbreak confirmed," 8 May 2018 The Ebola virus is a hemorrhagic fever that kills many of its victims — especially in low-resource countries like the DRC. Julia Belluz, Vox, "Good news: the Ebola outbreak in DRC is contained," 29 June 2018

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Medical Definition of hemorrhagic fever

: any of a diverse group of virus diseases (as Korean hemorrhagic fever, Lassa fever, and Ebola) that are usually transmitted to humans by arthropods or rodents and are characterized by a sudden onset, fever, aching, bleeding in the internal organs (as of the gastrointestinal tract), petechiae, and shock

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