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Viral flu

Jun 19, 2011

Dear Sir,

I am aware about the incubation period of viral flu but when is it possible to get a fair picture ,in the Complete Blood Count ,of having contracted this seasonal infection from somebody?Thanks,

Response from Dr. Holodniy

There can be reductions in white blood cell count with influenza infection, but this would never be a good proxy for the diagnosis of influenza infection and requires specific viral testing, as the finding of decreased white blood cells is too nonspecific.

Follow-Up To "When To Start Meds"
low WBC at 2.7 for long period despite taking atripla.

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