Montreal, July 8, 2016 – The Chief Nurse of the Clinique Santé-voyage of the Fondation du CHUM, Geneviève Forget, recently gave an interview to Radio-Canada journalist Étienne Leblanc about the shortage of yellow fever vaccines.

Listen to the interview (starting at 18:53) by clicking here (in French).
Click here to view the full article broadcast on Radio- Canada’s website (in French).

Yellow fever

Disease description

Yellow fever is transmitted by a mosquito and caused by a pathogen known as “yellow fever virus” or “amarillic virus.” It develops in two phases: “acute” and “toxic”.

In the first of these phases, the symptoms generally recede after 3 or 4 days. However, in about 15% of cases, the disease will develop into a second phase that is much more virulent and dangerous.


Acute phase:

  • Sudden onset of high fever
  • Muscle pain concentrated in the back
  • Headache
  • Chills
  • Gastrointestinal symptoms

Toxic phase:

  • Fever appearing within 24 hours
  • Damage to the liver, apparent in yellowish appearance of the skin (jaundice)
  • In some cases, hemorrhaging in the mouth, skin, eyes and stomach

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