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Hemorrhagic Fevers Overview

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The Manual's Editorial Staff

Medically Reviewed Mar 2022 | Modified Sep 2022
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What are hemorrhagic fevers?

  • You can get these infections by touching infected people, animals, or insects, or their body fluids, such as their saliva, urine, droppings, or blood

  • Doctors can tell if you have hemorrhagic fever by doing blood tests

  • No medicine can cure hemorrhagic fevers, so doctors treat your symptoms, give you fluids, and make sure your organs are working well

  • Sometimes, they'll try antiviral medicines

What causes hemorrhagic fevers?

Hemorrhagic fevers are caused by viruses. Hemorrhagic fevers are a group of viral infections including:

What are the symptoms of hemorrhagic fevers?

These viruses make the blood vessels in your body leak, causing:

  • Bleeding under your skin and from your mouth, nose, or organs

In addition to bleeding, other symptoms include:

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