Posted by: BMJ | 2009/02/01



Hi Doc

A long letter, but needed for background. Last week I wrote to you after my 22m old suddenly got ill with a very high fever 40.4. It lasted 2 days and had no other symptoms. Then his 5y old brother got ill with a high fever, severe headache and drowsyness and occasional vomiting. The GP ruled out meningitis and treated the vomiting and pain. He got better after 2 days. Then on Thursday my 7y old got sick with the same symptoms - except his is much worse and he has been sick for 4 days now and is not getting better. This morning in church a GP kindly examined him and gave me a script for antibiotics. After giving him ponstel and panado and the antibiotic his fever is down, but he is still very sleepy and of course once the meds is out his system he will get a high fever again. Now my 5 y old is running a fever again and sleeping all the time.

Do you think it is a viral illness - I am scared of encephalitis. Please tell me what to do.

Thank you

Expert's Reply



Yes, you are correct you really need to have your children seen by a paediatrician. I am also concerned about meningitis or encephalitis.

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Posted by: Tasja | 2009/02/01

I have the same problem where we live.We live in a small town in the South Cape.The kids have high fevers ,some of them no other simptoms.My 2 kids have been sick for 3 weeks now,first my LG then my boy of 3.5 years and then againmy LG.The docters just say its a fever virus!But surely they must know more,after so many kids got sick!

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