Febrile neutropenia is having a fever of ≥38.3 ºC or ≥38 ºC over an hour and neutropenia that is having an absolute neutrophil count (ANC) of <500 neutrophils/mm3 or an ANC <1000 neutrophils/mm3 expected to decline to ≤500 neutrophils/mm3 over the next 48 hours.
The risk of febrile neutropenia is directly proportional to the duration and severity of neutropenia.
Fever is frequently the only indication of infection in the neutropenic patient.
High school girls (15 to 19 years) on long-acting reversible contraception (LARC) are 60 percent less likely to use condoms compared to contraceptive pill users, findings of a US-based study. This places these girls and their partners at a higher risk for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) including human immunodeficiency virus and reflects their ignorance that condoms are mainly used for pregnancy prevention.