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A Case of Septicemia and Septic Pneumonia due to Burkholderia pseudomallei
Hyun Jung Seok, M.D., Jae Il Kim, M.D., Jang Han Lee, M.D., Eun Ju Choo, M.D., Yee Gyung Kwak, M.D., Seongsoo Jang, M.D.*, Nam Joong Kim, M.D., Yang Soo Kim, M.D., Jun Hee Woo, M.D. and Jiso Ryu, M.D.
Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine and Department of Laboratory Medicine*, Asan Medical Center, University of Ulsan College of Medicine, University of Ulsan, Seoul, Korea
Vol.36 Num.2 (p114~117)
Melioidosis is an infectious disease caused by a gram-negative saprophyte bacterium, Burkholderia pseudomallei. It is endemic to Southeast Asia and Northern Australia. It mostly infects adults with predisposing conditions, mainly diabetes mellitus. The lung is the most commonly affected organ. The spectrum of melioidois in human varies from subclinical to overwhelming protean manifestations resembling other acute and chronic bacterial infections. We report herein a case of septicemia and septic pneumonia due to Burkholderia pseudomallei in 47-year-old man with diabetes mellitus who has history of traveling to Malaysia. This is the first report of melioidosis in Korea.
Keywords : Burkholderia pseudomallei, Melioidosis, Septic pneumonia, Septicemia