Hemorrhagic Fevers - Prognosis






The prognosis for various forms of hemorrhagic fever vary widely. The death rate for ebola can be as high as 90 percent. For some forms of dengue fever, it can be as low as 1 percent.

Some types of hemorrhagic fever can cause permanent disability. For example, about 10 percent of those who develop Rift Valley fever will suffer eye damage. They may become permanently blind. About 25 percent of patients with South American hemorrhagic fever become permanently deaf.

Proper treatment is very important. It can reduce the death rate dramatically. In some forms of dengue fever, lack of treatment results in a death rate of 40 to 50 percent. With adequate treatment, the death rate drops to less than 2 percent.

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