To the Editor: The study by Jaffe et al. (Nov. 5 issue)1 provides some useful data germane to an issue separate from their topic of inquiry. The problem of occult bacteremia in febrile children has been studied extensively in the 20 years since it first came to light.2 During this time, a prejudice has emerged among pediatricians and throughout the literature that the risk of occult bacteremia is in large part limited to children less than two years of age. Despite the lack of substantial data to support it, this bias has resulted in the limitation of most recent studies.
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