41 years old mother came to the pharmacy requesting information about her daughter’s case, she fears that her daughter might be infected with the new virus COVID-19, the girl, 17 years old, is using ventolin evohaler for acute asthma attacks. They came to the emergency department with complaints of fever, headache, muscle pain and rapid breathing (hyperventilation).
What would the pharmacist update her about the most anticipated infection to be confirmed with her daughter?
- A. Streptococcus pneumonia.
- B. Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV).
- C. Pseudomonas aeruginosa.
- D. COVID-19.
The current symptoms lead to a preliminary diagnosis of meningitis, where the most likely organisms to cause it are Streptococcus pneumoniae, Neisseria meningitidis, and Haemophilus influenzae. P. aeruginosa is unlikely present in this particular patient as it’s commonly associated with nosocomial sepsis. At last RSV is present with upper respiratory tract symptoms when infecting adults or adolescents. The correct answer would be Streptococcus pneumonia, as it fits the case