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Fever in the returning paediatric traveller

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This guideline should be considered for the following patient group:

  • Any child presenting with fever of >38 degrees AND who has travelled out-with North America / Europe in the last 3 months.
  • It is important to also consider malaria within 6 months of returning from an endemic area 

November 2023: This guidance is currently under review as it has gone beyond the standard review date. It reflects best practice at the time of authorship / last review and remains safe for use. If there are any concerns regarding the content then please consult with senior clinical staff to confirm.Use an up to date resource for accurate Malarial Maps and other concerns:
If concerned about an outbreak of an infection, consider using ProMed:
Viral Haemorrhagic Fever Outbreaks:

Editorial Information

Last reviewed: 02 January 2021

Next review: 31 October 2024

Author(s): Dr Eleanor Shone (Medical Paediatric Trainee, RHCG); Dr Polly Kenyon (Medical Paediatric Trainee, RHCG). Correspondence author: Dr Steve Foster (Consultant in Paediatric Emergency Medicine, RHCG)

Co-Author(s): Dr Lyndsay Doran (Medical Paediatric Trainee, RHCG); Dr Conor Doherty (Consultant in Paediatric Infectious Diseases, RHCG) Stakeholders: Dr Louisa Pollock (Consultant in General Paediatrics and Infectious Diseases, RHCG); Dr Rosie Hague (Consultant in Paediatric Infectious Diseases and Immunology, RHCG); Dr Chris Moxon (Consultant in Paediatric Infectious Diseases, RHCG)

Approved By: RHCG Emergency Clinical Governance Group