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A 5 year old comes to the ER with fever, sore throat, hoarseness, and stridor developing over one to two days. He also appears to be drooling. Which of the following is the most appropriate initial step in management?
a. get a lateral cervical neck x-ray
b. draw a CBC and blood cultures
c. prepare for emergency intubation
d. do a detailed history and physical
e. send him home

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