Melioidosis and Pandora's box in the Lao People's Democratic Republic

R Phetsouvanh, S Phongmany, P Newton, M Mayxay, A Ramsay, V Wuthiekanun, N J White

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Melioidosis has not been recognized previously in Laos, but within months of starting a prospective study of community acquired septicemia in Vientiane, 2 patients with melioidosis were identified. One was a previously healthy, 44-year-old female rice farmer who presented with supraclavicular lymphadenitis and the other was a 74-year-old man with diabetes and renal calculi who was receiving corticosteroids and had septicemia and septic arthritis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)653-4
Number of pages2
JournalClinical Infectious Diseases
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 15 Feb 2001


  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Burkholderia pseudomallei/isolation & purification
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Laos/epidemiology
  • Male
  • Melioidosis/diagnosis


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