Acute febrile illness is a common cause of hospital admission, and its associated infectious causes contribute to substantial morbidity and death among children worldwide, especially in low- and middle-income countries. Declining transmission of malaria in many regions, combined with the increasing use of rapid diagnostic tests for malaria, has led to the increasing recognition of leptospirosis, rickettsioses, respiratory viruses, and arboviruses as etiologic agents of fevers. However, clinical discrimination between these etiologies can be difficult. Overtreatment with antimalarial drugs is common, even in the setting of a negative test result, as is overtreatment with empiric antibacterial drugs. Viral etiologies remain underrecognized and poorly investigated. Moresensitive diagnostics have led to additional dilemmas in discriminating whether a positive test result reflects a causative pathogen. Here, we reviewand summarize the current epidemiology and focus particularly on children and the challenges for future research.
|Number of pages||16|
|Journal||Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society|
|State||Published - Jun 10 2016|
- Antimicrobial stewardship
- Clinical algorithm
- Resource-limited settings
- Undifferentiated fever