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Case of the Month - November 2013

Joy Cleghorn and Juno Thomas

In June 2013, a 66-year-old female presented to hospital with sudden onset of:

  • myalgia
  • fever of 38.1°C
  • malaise
  • headache
  • sore throat
  • non-productive cough
  • rhinitis

The patient had been discharged from hospital two weeks prior, following hematopoietic stem cell transplant and was admitted immediately back into the oncology ward.

She waited at the duty station for 15 minutes whilst a bed was made up for her in a two-bedded cubicle with a spatial distance between beds of well over one meter.

Approximately one hour after the patient had settled and was becoming acquainted with her fellow patient, the Infection Prevent and Control Specialist/Practitioner became aware of the patient’s admission and immediately arranged for transfer to an isolation ward outside of the oncology department. Droplet and Contact precautions were implemented and immunised staff that were not pregnant were allocated to nurse the patient.

Question 1: What is the differential diagnosis

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