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Physicians in central region announce to cure Whitmore patient

The Department of Health in the central province of Binh Dinh yesterday announced physicians of the General Hospital were successful in treating an infection caused by Burkholderia pseudomallei (Whitmore disease).
This is the first whitmore infection case in the central discharged from the hospital.
Before, 29-year-old woman in the central province of Phu Yen was hospitalized on October 30 while she was suffering high fever and swollen left neck.
According to the patient, she had pain and rash in the left neck and fever, fatigue 15 days ago.
Examining, physicians discovered an abscess in her left neck; worse, the female has type 1 diabetes. The female patient has undergone an operation to remove abscess and taken antibiotic medication.
Later, on October 4, she had blood testing which confirmed she had the Burkholderia pseudomallei. She recovered after seven days of treatment.
Melioidosis, also called Whitmore's Disease, is an infectious disease caused by a bacterium called Burkholderia pseudomallei (previously known as Pseudomonas pseudomallei).
The bacteria are found in contaminated water and soil and spread to humans and animals through direct contact with the contaminated source.

By NGOC OAI - Translated by DAN THUY

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