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J Clin Microbiol. 2005 Feb;43(2):970-2.

Cutaneous melioidosis in a man who was taken as a prisoner of war by the Japanese during World War II.

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Wiford Hall Medical Center, Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, USA. viseth.ngauy@andrews.af.mil.

Abstract

Melioidosis, an infection caused by the gram-negative bacillus Burkholderia pseudomallei, is endemic to Southeast Asia and Northern Australia. Human infection is acquired through contact with contaminated water via percutaneous inoculation. Clinical manifestations range from skin and soft tissue infection to pneumonia with sepsis. We report a case of a man who was taken as a prisoner of war by the Japanese during World War II who presented with a nonhealing ulcer on his right hand 62 years after the initial exposure.

PMID:
15695721
PMCID:
PMC548040
DOI:
10.1128/JCM.43.2.970-972.2005
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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