It is caused by a virus transmitted by the Aedes aegypti mosquito and marked by high fever, hemorrhaging, vomiting of blood, jaundice and liver damage.
The vomiting of blood is one of the common manifestations. In severe cases, it affects the liver and the heart and may often lead to death. There is no specific treatment but a vaccine is available. One attack gives protection for life.
In the past it has caused appalling epidemics in the West Indies, but has been eradicated from the islands. It still occurs occasionally in Central America and the North of South America.
Source: Caribbean Companion – A-Z Reference by Bryan Dyde – 1992
Did you know in July – August 1839, there were thirteen deaths as a result of yellow fever in St. Lucia? In 1842 there was another outbreak of yellow fever that caused nine deaths.
Source: Outlines of St. Lucia’s History by Rev. Fr. Charles Jesse – 1994
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