THOMAS W. SHEEHY; JOHN J. DELLER JR.; DAVID R. WEBER
For most physicians, the term "melioidosis" stirs only a vague memory of a rare tropical glanders-like illness. However, the discovery of 40 cases (8 fatal) of this disease among Americans in or recently returned from Southeast Asia since May 1966 makes it imperative that we become more aware of this unusual disease (1). Melioidosis, a disease of men and animals, varies greatly in its manifestations. It may strike as an overwhelming, swiftly fatal illness, smolder as a chronic suppurative process, or blend without clinical characteristics into an asymptomatic state manifested only by a positive serology and skin test. The capacity
SHEEHY TW, DELLER JJ, WEBER DR. Melioidosis. Ann Intern Med. ;67:897–900. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-67-4-897
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