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Researchers developing test to analyze fevers

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For many parents, it's difficult to know exactly how to treat a fever that has spiked. Luckily, there could be a new way to tell.

According to researchers as The Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, they have developed a test that is capable of analyzing a child's genetic response to an infection. It can also determine if whatever is spiking that fever is viral or bacterial.

That ability to differentiate is important because antibiotics can only work if it is bacterial.

The study was done on 30 children and was 90% accurate.

More studies will be performed before this test becomes legal.

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