Your doctor will ask about your symptoms and medical history. A physical exam will be done.
Tests may include the following:
Blood tests to assess white blood cell counts and inflammatory markers that might indicate how serious the infection is, as well as oxygen levels and kidney function to assess damage to specific organs.
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