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Fatal pneumonia following search and rescue operation

How, Soon Hin and Ramalingam, Rajalingam and Kuan, Yeh Chunn and Ahmad, Norazah and Ismail, Ahmad Izuanuddin and Iskandar , Bahari and Sapian, M. (2012) Fatal pneumonia following search and rescue operation. Respirology, 17 (supp.2). p. 106. ISSN 1323-7799

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Introduction On 26th June 2010, a young man was suspected to have drowned at Lubuk Yu, a natural recreational forest with river and waterfall in Pahang. A rescue team was formed, comprising of 150 members from police offi cers, army offi cers, divers, fi remen and volunteers from a nearby village. His body was recovered fi ve days later. Following this rescue operation, at least 22 people presented with an acute febrile illness. Objective To describe ten patients with melioidotic pneumonia. Results Six were culture-confi rmed for melioidosis only while four were positive for leptospirosis (based on polymerase chain reaction) and melioidosis. All except one had diabetes mellitus. Among these 10 patients, all had fever and cough, 8 had shortness of breath. Surprisingly, symptoms of myalgia, diarrhoea and vomiting were the presenting complaints in some of these patients. Chest radiograph showed bilateral consolidation in 6 and 7 patients died. Conclusions Melioidotic pneumonia in this series was associated with high mortality.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Additional Information: 2987/29821
Uncontrolled Keywords: pneumonia
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Medicine > Department of Internal Medicine
Depositing User: AP Soon Hin How
Date Deposited: 17 Apr 2013 09:40
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2013 09:45
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/29821

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