Medical Terminology beginning with the letters X, Y, and Z

Yellow fever – An acute, often-fatal, infectious febrile disease of warm climates, caused by a virus transmitted by mosquitoes, especially Aledes aegypti, and characterized by liver damage and jaundice, fever, and protein in the urine. In 1900 Walter Reed and others in Panama found that mosquitoes transmit the disease. Clinicians in the late nineteenth century recognized “specific yellow fever” as being different from “malarious yellow fever.” The latter supposedly was a form of malaria with liver involvement but without urine involvement. See epidemics for major outbreaks.
Yellowjacket – Yellow fever.

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