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Haemorrhagic fevers

Similar term(s): Viral hemorrhagic fevers.

Definition:

Viral hemorrhagic fevers (VHFs) refer to a group of illnesses that are caused by several distinct families of viruses. Viral haemorrhagic fevers include Lassa fever, Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever, Dengue, Marburg and Ebola.

Source: The UK Health Protection Agency Viral Haemorrhagic Fever 

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Characteristically, the overall vascular system is damaged, and the body's ability to regulate itself is impaired. These symptoms are often accompanied by hemorrhage (bleeding); however, the bleeding is itself rarely life-threatening. While some types of hemorrhagic fever viruses can cause relatively mild illnesses, many of these viruses cause severe, life-threatening disease.

Source: US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Viral Hemorrhagic Fevers 

Related words:

Marburg haemorrhagic fever

Translation(s):

Español: Fiebres hemorrágicas
Français: Fièvres hémorragiques

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