from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An infectious tropical disease caused by an arbovirus transmitted by mosquitoes of the genera Aedes, especially A. aegypti, and Haemagogus and characterized by high fever, jaundice, and often gastrointestinal hemorrhaging. Also called yellow jack.
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- n. An acute febrile illness of tropical regions, caused by a flavivirus and spread by mosquitoes, characterised by jaundice, black vomit and the absence of urination.
- n. A term used to describe the attraction of a person of non-East Asian descent towards people of East Asian descent.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. a malignant, contagious, febrile disease of warm climates, attended with jaundice, producing a yellow color of the skin, and with the black vomit. See Black vomit, in the Vocabulary.
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- n. caused by a flavivirus transmitted by a mosquito
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It had been remarked, not only by Dr. Rush, that mosquitoes were numerous when yellow fever was epidemic.
United States Marine Hospital Service (now the Public Health Ser - vice) said that they [have] had found bacillus icteroides in almost every yellow fever victim they had autopsied in the past two years.
The entire yellow fever campaign was, as Arthur Allen wrote, a dark page in the history of public health: None of the 11 million Americans vaccinated against yellow fever during the war got yellow fever.
He swallowed pills made of fresh balck vomit, inserted small quan - tities of it into cuts in his arms and legs, and injected blood serum from a yellow fever patient into his own blood stream.
Bacillus icteroides remained a strong contender for the unsavory honor of being the yellow fever agent.
During the same period Aristides Agramonte, a young con - tract doctor, on orders from Sternberg was trying to find bacillus icteroides in the yellow fever cases he autopsied in Cuba during the war.
That fomites spread yellow fever was something that "everybody knew."
[We know now that Stubbins Ffirth and those who agreed with him were right; yellow fever is not spread by con - tact.]
For twenty years, too, Dr. Carlos Finlay of Havana kept in - sisting that yellow fever was spread by the bite of a certain mos - quito, the female of Culex fasciatus, now called Aedes aegypti.
Site-directed mutagenesis of an acetylcholinesterase gene from the yellow fever mosquito Aedes aegypti confers insecticide insensitivity.