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Fever in the returning child traveller: approach to diagnosis and management

Abstract

During the last half century there has been an exponential increase in international travel including to more exotic and long-haul destinations. The assessment of febrile returning child travellers presents diagnostic challenges and is often performed poorly. A detailed travel and medical history, clinical examination and appropriate first-line investigations are essential. While the majority of children will have a common self-limiting or easily treatable infection, it is important to consider other causes, including imported infections, which may be life-threatening or highly contagious. In this article, we provide guidance on the initial assessment and management of such children with a focus on some of the more important imported infections, including malaria, dengue, typhoid fever, travellers’ diarrhoea, respiratory infections, tuberculosis, schistosomiasis and rickettsial diseases.

  • Accident & Emergency
  • General Paediatrics
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Tropical Inf Dis
  • Tropical Paediatrics

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