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Patient Presents to the ER

A 27 year old man presents to the ER complaining of fever, chills, and myalgias for the past 2 days. The fever started while he was on the plane returning from vacation.


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The questions that should be asked are:

  • Where did the patient travel and how long was he there? The patient had travelled to New Delhi, India to visit friends and family. He was there for 3 weeks.
  • Did the patient take malaria prophylaxis? The patient did not take malaria prophylaxis.
  • What other symptoms is the patient having? The patient has fever, chills, headache, and some nausea.
  • What medications did the patient take? Only tylenol for fever.

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