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Colds and flu

21 January 2011

Diagnosing flu still not straightforward

A flu diagnosis is not always as simple as a cough plus a fever.

A flu diagnosis is not always as simple as a cough plus a fever. But just what combination of signs and symptoms may prove more accurate remains unclear, suggests a new review of 12 studies on the topic.

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Dr Heidi van Deventer completed her MBChB (Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery) degree in 2004 at the University of Stellenbosch.
She has additional training in ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support) and PALS (Paediatric Advanced Life Support) as well as biostatistics and epidemiology.

Dr Van Deventer is currently working as a researcher at the Desmond Tutu Tuberculosis Centre at the University of Stellenbosch.

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