- Among the most common illnesses encountered in ED
- Majority trivial, some may be life-threatening
- Depending on the type of virus: may be transmitted via direct contact, droplet, fecal-oral, saliva, sexual contact, venereal, or vertical transmission.
- Generalized viral features
- Specific viral syndromes
- Acute Bronchitis
- HIV (Acute Retroviral Syndrome)
- Infectious mononucleosis (EBV)
- Influenza virus
- Clinical diagnosis
- Serology testing may be indicated to diagnose or rule-out life-threatening causes
- Symptomatic management
- Exclude other causes if serious presentation
- Consider empiric acyclovir and antibiotics until HSV and bacterial causes ruled out.
- Outpatient treatment
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