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Have viral fever. Test shows no bacterial infection in blood. Underlying cause?

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Preliminary Report ‎: ‎Culture Negative for Bacterial Growth after ‎48 ‎Hrs‎. ‎of ‎
lab says final report after 3 days
i had viral iam looking ok‎
Posted Mon, 28 Jan 2013 in Infections
Answered by Dr. Hema Yadav 15 minutes later
Thanks for posting your query.
The report of blood culture as of now suggests that there is no bacterial infection in your blood . In case of viral infections the final report may too come out negative ie no bacteria will grow in the blood culture.
Usually a 72 hour incubation of the patients blood in culture media is required to give a confirmed diagnosis hence the Lab has asked you to wait for the final report but most probably it seems that it will come negative . This confirms that you had a viral fever and not a severe bacterial sepsis .
Hope that answers your query.
Let me know if you have any further doubts .
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