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A 38 year old man named Tom visited his local doctor complaining of high fever, loss of appetite, headache, anxiety, confusion, agitation. Patient history revealed that Tom is a photojournalist for a travel magazine. In the past 30 days Tom has traveled on assignment to Italy, London, and France.

Tom is very careful not to drink local water when traveling and he only eats well cooked foods. He did mention being bit by a ferret on the street of France. Other than shrieking at Tom’s glass of water, the animal seemed fine and the owner took it away after the incident. Tom did not seek medical care because he thought it would be too complicated to deal with while overseas and the bite was very small. He does have pain and itching at the site of the animal bite.

Lab tests on Tom’s blood did not show the presence of any gram-positive or gram-negative bacteria

Based on the information presented in the case study, answer the following question:

What information from the patient’s symptoms contributed to your decision? Did this information allow you to rule out any other possible culprits? What information from the patient’s history and/or lab samples that contributed to your decision? Support your answers with factual evidence and logical reasoning.

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Trinidad Tremblay
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28 Sep 2019

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