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Febrile illness 

Febrile illness
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Febrile illness
Author(s):

Stuart Crisp

and Jo Rainbow

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199605538.003.0007
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date: 06 May 2021

Assessment 130

Rigors 133

Meningitis 134

Encephalitis 137

Fever without focus 139

Rashes 141

Immunodeficient child with a fever 143

Protracted fever 145

Malaria 147

Tuberculosis 149

Notifiable diseases 151

Further reading 152

The majority of paediatric infections are self-limiting viral illnesses. However, serious bacterial infections may resemble viral illness, e.g. pneumococcal sepsis presenting with fever, vomiting, and diarrhoea. Distinguishing viral from serious bacterial infection requires clinical acumen and judicious use of investigations....

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