4.8 of 6 Ratings
A 22-year-old female is hospitalized with fever and hypotension refractory to fluid resuscitation. Her vital signs are as follows: T 39.0 C, P 110, BP 86/52, RR 12, SpO2 98%. Physical exam reveals diffuse macular erythroderma (Figure A) and the following findings of the conjunctiva (Figure B) and oral cavity (Figure C). She complains of muscle aches as well as diarrhea for the past 3 days. She denies any recent travel or new sexual partners. She had her last menses 4 days ago and always uses a tampon. What is the most likely organism to cause this patient’s presentation?
A single-stranded, negative-sense, enveloped RNA virus
An aerobic, gram-negative coccobacilli
An aerobic, gram-positive cocci in chains
A facultative anaerobic, gram-positive cocci in clusters
A coiled, obligate aerobic, spirochete
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