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Living in West Africa-Fever of un.kn.or.

I've been living in Mali, West Africa for the past year and for the past three months I've been having low grade fevers.  Most days I have the fever (99-100) only in the afternoon but more recently I have it constantly.  Every few weeks the fever gets worse and I'll have a few days where it gets up to 102.  I also have fatigue ranging from mild to pretty severe (especially during the times when my fever is higher).  I also often get dizzy.  I've been to the doctor in Mali and they can't figure out whats going on.  I've been tested to all the common illnesses there and treated for others.  I'm currently on vacation in the US and I've been to my physician here and he's repeated and done other tests on me and still can't find anything wrong besides a slightly elevated white blood count.  I've been tested for: malaria, TB, strep throat, mono, schisto, and others.  Any ideas on what it could be?  I'm seeing an infectious disease specialist on Monday but I wanted to go in there with some ideas.  Thanks!
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351246 tn?1379682132
Thanks for writing to the forum!
A high white blood cell count mainly indicates an infection or an inflammation. You have been tested for various infective pathologies. Recurrent or chronic fever can also be seen in  SLE, rheumatoid arthritis, Polyarteritis nodosa (PAN) and other auto immune disorders, UTI, drug fever, glandular fever, HIV, STDs, endocarditis, parasitic infestations (some have been ruled out in your case), fungal infections, lymphomas and other cancers etc.
Hope this helps. Do discuss this with your doctor and get yourself examined. Please let me know if there is any thing else and do keep me posted. Take care!
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389974 tn?1331015242
Your symptoms pretty well match an infection. It may also help to see a tropical disease specialist, since certain tropical diseases cause similar symptoms.

Good luck! And if you have a moment, be sure to tell us all what it was.
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