Imported melioidosis in Danish travellers: A diagnostic challenge

Shadia Badran, Thomas Ingemann Pedersen, Casper Roed, Suzanne Lunding, Nina Birk, Hanne Vestergaard, Bent Røder, Henriette Kær Lillelund, Jørgen A.L. Kurtzhals, Michael Kemp, Jens Jørgen Christensen*

*Corresponding author af dette arbejde

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Infections with Burkholderia pseudomallei (melioidosis) are rare events in Scandinavian countries, but the bacterium may be contracted during travel to endemic areas, i.e. Southeast Asia (especially Thailand) and northern Australia. Here, 5 travel-related cases occurring within the last 3 y in Denmark are reported, with particular emphasis on diagnostic and therapeutic challenges posed to health staff with little experience in the management of melioidosis. A newly developed B. pseudomallei-specific polymerase chain reaction test was applied and was able to correctly identify all isolates.

Sider (fra-til)445-449
Antal sider5
TidsskriftScandinavian Journal of Infectious Diseases
Udgave nummer6-7
StatusUdgivet - jul. 2010


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