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Title: Streptococcus suis infection in Thailand
Authors: Ratha Korn Vilaichone
Pongpun Nunthapisud
Warakarn Vilaichone
Henry Wilde
Chulalongkorn University
Mahidol University
Thai Red Cross Agency
Keywords: Medicine
Issue Date: 1-Jan-2002
Citation: Journal of the Medical Association of Thailand. Vol.85, No.SUPPL. 1 (2002)
Abstract: This is a retrospective study of Streptococcus suis infection in humans submitted to the National Streptococcal Referrence Center of Thailand from 1994 to 2001. There were 11 men and 6 women whose mean age was 46.24 years (range 1 month to 75 years). Among the men, two had known occupational and behavioral exposure to pork or meat products. Among the women, one was a butcher and three were housewives. Half of the patients had underlying diseases. One patient had congenital hydrocephalus, three patients had rheumatic heart disease and three were alcoholics. Two of these patients had a history of skin injury before infection. Nine patients had evidence of acute bacterial meningitis, four patients had infective endocarditis, two had the sepsis syndrome and two suffered from pneumonia and spontaneous bacterial peritonitis. The authors suspected that many cases are not reported particularly where pig-rearing or pork consumption are common. In the absence of an effective vaccine, prevention by public health surveillance is important. Prompt treatment of any cuts and wounds among pork-handlers is a sensible precaution. Furthermore, a high index of suspicion and early detection in order to identify and apply effective antimicrobial agents is necessary to successfully treat S. suis infection.
ISSN: 01252208
Appears in Collections:Scopus 2001-2005

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