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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Recent Examples on the Web Spread through contact with an infected or recently deceased person's bodily fluids or secretions, the Ebola virus causes a hemorrhagic fever with an average fatality rate of about half, although two vaccines are now available against it. Isabella Kwai New York Times, Star Tribune, "Guinea Declares Ebola Outbreak With at Least 3 Deaths," 14 Feb. 2021 Showing early symptoms of hemorrhagic fever, the patient sits quietly on her bed, wrangling two toddlers desperate to flee the cell-like hospital room in Ingende, a remote town in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Eliza Mackintosh, CNN, "What you need to know about coronavirus on Tuesday, December 22," 22 Dec. 2020 Ebola is a hemorrhagic fever marked by a host of symptoms—including bleeding, fever, stomach pains, weakness, and rashes—and is spread through direct contact with an infected person or animal’s blood or bodily fluids. Science, "10 awesome science discoveries you may have missed in 2020," 3 Dec. 2020 Most displayed only flulike symptoms, but in some cases, the illness escalated into a severe hemorrhagic fever akin to Ebola. Lois Parshley, Scientific American, "How Climate Change Is Making It Harder to Predict Outbreaks," 1 May 2018 Ebola, a hemorrhagic fever that is transmitted through contact with sick or dead people or animals, causes fever, bleeding, and abdominal pain. Abdi Latif Dahir, BostonGlobe.com, "Congo’s deadliest Ebola outbreak is declared over," 25 June 2020 Ebola is a hemorrhagic fever endemic in animal populations that reside in Africa’s tropical forests and is passed from person to person through contact with bodily fluids. Max Bearak, Washington Post, "Congo declares end of world’s second-largest Ebola outbreak," 25 June 2020 This is why researchers think that some patients with dengue fever, which can be a mild disease, go on to develop dengue hemorrhagic fever. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "The Ars COVID-19 vaccine primer: 100-plus in the works, 8 in clinical trials," 1 May 2020 Blood clots, in which the red liquid turns gel-like, appear to be the opposite of what occurs in Ebola, Dengue, Lassa and other hemorrhagic fevers that lead to uncontrolled bleeding. Author: Ariana Eunjung Cha, Anchorage Daily News, "A mysterious blood-clotting complication is killing coronavirus patients," 22 Apr. 2020

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1948, in the meaning defined above

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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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