Yellow fever is an infectious disease caused by a virus, which is transmitted via mosquitoes is subtropical and tropical areas (especially in sub-Saharan Africa and in the Amazon Basin). It can cause very serious conditions and even lead to death, especially in adults. It appears with flu-like symptoms: fever, nausea, and aches. In rare cases, patients may develop inflammation of the liver (hepatitis), which can cause jaundice (icterus), as well as cause blood clotting disorders with increased proneness to bleeding, which can be fatal. The World Health Organisation recommends a vaccination when travelling to affected areas.
The yellow fever virus exists in Africa and South America, mainly in monkeys, but it can also be transmitted to humans by mosquitoes. After 3 to 6 days (incubation period) the disease breaks out, typically in three stages. It can be observed, that children only show mild symptoms, while the disease often processes severely or fatal (mortality rate up to 50%) in adults.
In the first stage of the disease, the symptoms are similar to flu, with sudden, very high fever (40°C), chills, headache and muscle aches, nausea and vomiting and conjunctivitis of the eye. In stage two (day 3 to 4), the fever drops and the symptoms decrease. The disease will now either heal or develop into stage three. In this stage, the fever rises again and organs will be damaged, with liver and kidney failure and bleedings inside the gastrointestinal tract or into the skin. The combination of blood loss and fever often causes a circulatory shock.
A treatment of the cause, which would be killing the virus, does not exist. It is only possible, to treat the patients in an intensive care unit to relieve the symptoms and to balance out the loss of liquids. Even though, the adult mortality rate lies between 20% and 50%. It is therefore highly recommended to find out about a vaccination recommendation before travelling to tropical countries. As this might be necessary for other diseases as well, and because especially the yellow fever vaccination requires certain waiting periods between other vaccinations, you should plan your vaccinations as early as possible.
Several years of work in academia, medical practice and finally commercialization make it possible to provide an end-to-end process to help users to “find the appropriate medical help based on their present symptoms”. Below you will find a short explanation, showing you which part of the platform will help you best in finding the appropriate medical support.
Proceed as follows to enter your current symptoms.
Click on the appropriate body part on the picture. Select one/multiple symptoms corresponding to your complaint.
You can also add symptoms by typing your medical complaint in the search box and selecting the best matching suggestion.
Note: Your information will be kept anonymously.
Once you have selected all applicable symptoms, click the “analyze disease pattern”-button.
Accordingly, you will get a list of possible diseases and matching doctor categories who can further help you.
You can inform yourself about the possible diseases by reading the related information. But you can also return to the previous step and add more symptoms or delete already added ones to further narrow down your disease pattern.
Click on the desired doctor category to find a doctor who can help you.
If you are logged in with your profile, you will be displayed the appropriate doctors in your area. Otherwise you can enter an address in the “address” field and you will be displayed a doctor’s list around that specified address.
You will receive further information about the displayed doctors when you press on “details”.
Online bookable doctors in your area will be indicated with the notation “Book appointment” or “Book externally”, additionally they will be displayed on top of the list for your convenience.
Click on “Book appointment” to start the online appointment booking process with the desired doctor.
Please select an available appointment. “Green“ appointments are booked directly. “Red“ appointments need to be confirmed by the doctor.
Enter your general personal and health information.
Enter your present medical symptoms.
Enter your mobile phone number to identify yourself and you can finalize the appointment booking.
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