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What would you call this illness?

Asked by Nullo (21944points) January 16th, 2011

No, I don’t have it. :D

It is characterized by a high fever and nausea, and will knock you on your back for about 3–5 days. Then you’re fine.

The Italians call “la febbre,” (“the fever,”) and that’s practically the official name – you’ll get doctors using it, sorta like with the common cold. I’m five nines of certain that it’s not the flu, since they call the flu ‘influenza.’

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janbb's avatar

A stomach virus?

Winters's avatar

If it also involves some heavy vomiting, it sounds close to old sailor’s disease (don’t know the actual name of it, just that the symptoms you described are somewhat similar to what I have had twice but I was also vomiting a lot as well for the first day, day and a half).

flutherother's avatar

In the First World War I read soldiers were often diagnosed PUO or pyrexia of unknown origin. It usually cleared up in a few days.

Cruiser's avatar

Influenza. It’s going around big time right now.

poisonedantidote's avatar

If “la febbre” is what is known in Spain as “la fiebre”, then it is just a generic name for any kind of strong cold or flu.

JLeslie's avatar

Well, flu knocks you on your ass for a 4 or 5 days and high fever. But, adults rarely have a lot of vomiting with the flu.

hnhall32's avatar

Once I had a terrible flu sick for about a week fever vomiting. I went to the doctor and they told me I had the flu.

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