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Fatal acute melioidosis in a tourist returning from Martinique Island, November 2010

Simon, F
Decosterd, A
Studer, R
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Published in Euro Surveillance. 2011, vol. 16, no. 1
Abstract We report the fatal case of acute melioidosis in a patient returning from Martinique with fever in November 2010. Gram-negative rods were isolated from a blood culture and Burkholderia pseudomallei identified within 24 hours after first medical contact. The patient died two days after admission to hospital despite intravenous therapy with high doses of imipenem/cilastatin and intensive care. Clinicians seeing travellers returning from the subtropics or tropics with severe pneumonia or septicaemia should consider the possibility of acute melioidosis.
Keywords Abscess/diagnosis/drug therapy/etiologyAdultAnti-Bacterial Agents/therapeutic useBurkholderia pseudomallei/genetics/isolation & purificationFatal OutcomeFever/etiologyGeographyHumansImipenem/therapeutic useMaleMartiniqueMass SpectrometryMelioidosis/diagnosis/drug therapy/microbiologyMiddle AgedSequence Analysis, DNASwitzerlandTravel
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GETAZ, Laurent et al. Fatal acute melioidosis in a tourist returning from Martinique Island, November 2010. In: Euro Surveillance, 2011, vol. 16, n° 1. https://archive-ouverte.unige.ch/unige:24775

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