Febrile Illness in Adolescents and Adults

Authors: John Crump, Paul Newton, Sarah Baird, Yoel Lubell

Fever is one of the most common symptoms reported by patients seeking health care in low-resource areas in the tropics, where it may occur either in isolation or in association with other common symptoms such as cough or diarrhea (Feikin and others 2011; Prasad, Sharples, and others 2015). Fever without localizing features presents a particular challenge to health care workers and health systems because it may be caused by a wide range of bacterial, fungal, parasitic, and viral infections (Crump and others 2013; Mayxay and others 2013), as well as by noninfectious conditions.