"vhfs" redirects here. for the former military installation in virginia, see vint hill farms station.
type of illnesses
viral hemorrhagic fever
viral haemorrhagic fever
two nurses standing near mayinga n'seka, a nurse with ebola virus disease in the 1976 outbreak in zaire. n'seka died a few days later due to severe internal hemorrhage.
viral hemorrhagic fevers (vhfs) are a diverse group of animal and human illnesses in which fever and hemorrhage are caused by a viral infection. vhfs may be caused by five distinct families of rna viruses: the families arenaviridae, filoviridae, bunyaviridae, flaviviridae, and rhabdoviridae. all types of vhf are characterized by fever and bleeding disorders and all can progress to high fever, shock and death in many cases. some of the vhf agents cause relatively mild illnesses, such as the scandinavian nephropathia epidemica (a hantavirus), while others, such as ebola virus, can cause severe, life-threatening disease.