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A Case Report of Melioidosis

Authors:

G.N.D Perera,

National Hospital of Sri Lanka, LK
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L.D Dias,

National Hospital of Sri Lanka, LK
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A Kulatunga,

National Hospital of Sri Lanka, LK
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E Corea ,

Senior Lecturer, Dept of Microbiology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo, LK
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J Masakorala

Dept of Microbiology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo
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Abstract

Melioidosis is an emerging infection in Sri Lanka. Since the clinical presentation of melioidosis is not distinctive, a high index of clinical suspicion is required. Definitive diagnosis is usually made by isolation of the causative bacterium, Burkholderia pseudomallei, in culture. Although it is not a difficult bacterium to culture, initial identification of the isolate requires prior experience with B. pseudomallei. While preliminary identification can be performed in most microbiology laboratories confirmation of the isolate as B. pseudomallei requires access to a reference centre with resources to perform PCR testing and gene sequencing. A case report of a patient with acute onset of lung abscess with a positive sputum culture for B. pseudomallei is presented.

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4038/sljid.v2i1.3795

Sri Lankan Journal of Infectious Diseases Vol.2(1) 2012: 47-51

How to Cite: Perera, G.N.D. et al., (2012). A Case Report of Melioidosis. Sri Lankan Journal of Infectious Diseases. 2(1), pp.47–51. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/sljid.v2i1.3795
Published on 31 Jan 2012.
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