yellow fever

Definition / meaning of yellow fever

A disease caused by infection with the yellow fever virus, which is carried by mosquitos. Symptoms include body aches, chills, fever, severe headache, weakness, and a yellow skin color. Bleeding, vomiting, and failure of the liver and other organs may occur in late stages of the disease.

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The Web site of the National Cancer Institute (http://www.cancer.gov/)

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