A92.4: Rift Valley fever

You have been infected by Rift Valley fever.

The illness is caused by a virus. You can get infected by being bitten by an infected mosquito. With Rift Valley fever, you can get infected from infected sheep or cattle. You can become infected by coming into contact with damaged skin with raw animal flesh. You can also be infected by breathing the virus in or by drinking raw milk. Rift Valley fever occurs in Africa, the Arabian peninsular and Egypt.

The illness may not cause you any problems. You may also have fever, headaches and soreness in your limbs. With Rift Valley fever the brain may become inflamed. When the brain is inflamed you can lose consciousness or become confused. You can also suffer seizures. You may also be unable to move certain parts of your body properly. You may think and behave abnormally.

With Rift Valley fever the retina can also become inflamed. The retina is a layer inside the eye. It contains a lot of nerve cells that perceive light. This enables us to see colors and differences between light and dark. The nerve cells in the retina also form the optic nerve that runs from the eye to the brain. When the retina becomes inflamed your sight may be impaired.

Your liver can also become inflamed. This can cause jaundice or bleeding. The liver is an important organ on the top right of the abdomen. For example, it helps with blood clotting and detoxifying the body. Nutrients from food are processed in the liver. If your liver is not working properly your skin can turn yellow. Substances then accumulate in the skin that would normally be broken down by the liver. This skin discoloration is called jaundice.

Additional indicator

On medical documents, the ICD code is often appended by letters that indicate the diagnostic certainty or the affected side of the body.

  • G: Confirmed diagnosis
  • V: Tentative diagnosis
  • Z: Condition after
  • A: Excluded diagnosis
  • L: Left
  • R: Right
  • B: Both sides

Further information

Note

This information is not intended for self-diagnosis and does not replace professional medical advice from a doctor. If you find an ICD code on a personal medical document, please also note the additional indicator used for diagnostic confidence.
Your doctor will assist you with any health-related questions and explain the ICD diagnosis code to you in a direct consultation if necessary.

Source

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