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Canadian Journal of Infectious Diseases and Medical Microbiology
Volume 17, Issue 2, Pages 133-134
Clinical Vignette

A Magician's Tale

Makeda Semret, Angeline Law, Stephen Turner, Benoit de Varennes, Brian J Ward, and Thao Huynh

McGill University Health Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Received 14 December 2005; Accepted 14 December 2005

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Case presentation A 19-year-old male university student and part-time magician presented with a two-week history of fever with rigors, nausea, vomiting, headaches and migrating polyarthralgia. The patient's medical history was significant for a childhood murmur that was presumed benign. The patient denied use of illicit drugs and was not on any medication at the time of presentation. The patient owned several pets, including a dog, a monitor lizard and rabbits used for his magic tricks.