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Glossary for Rift Valley Fever

  • Arrhythmogenic right ventricular dysplasia: A rare heart muscle disease where the muscle tissue of the right ventricle of the heart is replaced by fibrous or fatty tissue which affects the ability of the heart to pump blood.
  • Ascites: Fluid accumulation in abdominal cavity
  • Bleeding and coagulation conditions:
  • Bleeding symptoms: Any type of bleeding symptoms.
  • Blindness: The inability to see out of the eyes
  • Cirrhosis of liver: Chronic liver disease wherein normal liver parenchyma is replaced by fibrous tissue.
  • Conditions involving a pathogen: Medical conditions involving some type of pathogen, such as a virus or bacteria.
  • Diseases contagious from animals: Diseases that can be contracted from animals
  • Fever: Elevation of the body temperature above the normal 37 degrees celsius
  • Flu-like conditions: Medical conditions similar to flu, or exhibition flu-like symptoms.
  • Hepatocellular jaundice: A condition which is characterized by jaundice due to injury or damage to the hepatocellular cells of the liver
  • Liver abnormalities: Any condition which affects the function or structure of the liver
  • Lyme disease: Lyme disease is an emerging infectious disease caused by at least three species of bacteria belonging to the genus Borrelia.
  • Mosquito-borne diseases: Diseases that are carried by the mosquito
  • No symptoms: The absence of noticable symptoms.
  • Primary pulmonary hypertension: Primary pulmonary hypertension refers to high blood pressure in the arteries that carry blood to the lungs for no apparent reason. Blood pressure in other parts of the body is normal or sometimes even low.
  • Pulmonary fibrosis: A scarring condition that affects the lungs
  • Pulmonary hypertension: Pulmonary hypertension refers to high blood pressure in the blood vessels that carry blood to the lungs. Blood pressure in other parts of the body is normal or sometimes even low. The condition may be caused by such things as lung conditions (e.g. emphysema, chronic bronchitis), heart conditions (e.g. congestive heart failure, birth defects involving heart), AIDS or medications such as fenfluramine (a diet drug). Sometimes it occurs for no apparent reason and is called primary pulmonary hypertension.
  • Pulmonary valve stenosis: Often a congenital defect but may be caused by such things as rheumatic fever or bacterial endocarditis. Severity depends on the degree of narrowing of the pulmonary valve.
  • Retina symptoms: Symptoms affecting the retina in the back of the eye
  • Rift Valley Fever: Mosquito-borne viral infection affecting animals and humans
  • Vague symptoms: Vague, unclear, mild or non-specific symptoms
  • Viral Hemorrhagic Fevers: Viral infections causing hemorrhagic fever (i.e. bleeding)
  • Viral diseases: Any disease that is caused by a virus
  • Weight Gain: An increase in weight for any reason.


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