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My little child has fever and low WBC count. Can it be dengue fever?

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Published At November 16, 2017
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Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

My 3 years and 6 months old daughter has been suffering from a fever of about 100 to 102 for the past three days. She had rashes throughout her whole body. We had blood tests performed, and the results were negative for dengue. But, the WBC and the platelet count reduced gradually in the last two days. Today, her WBC count is 3500 cells/cubic millimeter, and her platelet count is 1,30,000 cells/cubic millimeter. She has normal regular activities. What could be the reason for the reduction in her WBC and her platelet count? I need your help.

Answered by Dr. Preeti Puranik

Hello,

Welcome to icliniq.com.

This can happen in a viral fever also. But it is always better to repeat the test after 48 hours to make sure about the WBC (white blood cell) count and the platelet count status.

There are other dengue-like viruses where dengue test comes negative but the behavior resembles that of dengue. The same can also happen in typhoid and other viral fevers too.

Give her lots of water. Kindly repeat the blood counts as they are low.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Preeti Puranik
Dr. Preeti Puranik

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