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Title: Brucellosis: A re-emerging disease in Thailand
Authors: Weerawat Manosuthi
Thanason Thummakul
Asda Vibhagool
Malai Vorachit
Kumthorn Malathum
Mahidol University
Bhumibol Adulyadej Hospital
Faculty of Medicine, Ramathibodi Hospital, Mahidol University
Keywords: Medicine
Issue Date: 1-Mar-2004
Citation: Southeast Asian Journal of Tropical Medicine and Public Health. Vol.35, No.1 (2004), 109-112
Abstract: Brucellosis is a zoonotic disease prevalent in many countries, but it has been reported only once in Thailand, 36 years ago. We describe here two consecutive cases of brucellosis in Bangkok, Thailand. Both cases presented with prolonged fever and weight loss. Blood cultures taken from 2 patients yielded Brucella melitensis. The slide agglutination test of blood samples were also positive, with a titer of 1:64 for antibodies to Brucella. The first patient responded to a combination of doxycycline, gentamicin, and ciprofloxacin; the other responded to doxycycline and rifampicin. Brucellosis is a potential public health threat, therefore, preventive measures should be actively implemented. This clinical syndrome should be included in the differential diagnosis of patients presenting with prolonged fever, particularly those with contact to animals which could serve as reservoirs.
ISSN: 01251562
Appears in Collections:Scopus 2001-2005

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