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An Imported Case of Brucella melitensis Infection in South Korea

 Jee Young Lee  ;  Yongduk Jeon  ;  Mi Young Ahn  ;  Hea Won Ann  ;  In Young Jung  ;  Wooyong Jung  ;  Moo Hyun Kim  ;  Jin Young Ahn  ;  Je Eun Song  ;  Yong Chan Kim  ;  Dong Hyun Oh  ;  Eun Jin Kim  ;  Su Jin Jeong  ;  Nam Su Ku  ;  Hyunsoo Kim  ;  Kyungwon Lee  ;  June Myung Kim  ;  Jun Yong Choi 
 Infection and Chemotherapy (감염과 화학요법), Vol.50(2) : 149-152, 2018 
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 Infection and Chemotherapy (감염과 화학요법) 
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Brucella melitensis ; Brucellosis ; Infective spondylitis ; Korea ; Middle East
Brucellosis is a zoonotic infection that is usually transmitted from cattle to humans through ingestion of animal milk, direct contact with animal parts, or inhalation of aerosolized particles. In Korea, brucellosis seem to be transmitted through close contact with blood, fetus, urine, and placenta of domestic cow that has been infected by Brucella abortus, or inhalation of B. arbortus while examining or slaughtering cow. Brucella melitensis infection is rare in Korea and there have been no reported cases of B. melitensis originating from other countries until now. This report details a case of complicated brucellosis with infective spondylitis in a 48-year-old male construction worker recently returned from Iraq. Infection with B. melitensis was confirmed using 16s rRNA sequencing and omp31 gene analysis. The patient was successfully treated using a combination of rifampin, doxycycline, and streptomycin, in accordance with WHO guidelines. This is the first reported case of complicated brucellosis with infective spondylitis in Korea caused by B. melitensis originating from Iraq.
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구남수(Ku, Nam Su) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9717-4327
김용찬(Kim, Yong Chan)
김은진(Kim, Eun Jin)
김준명(Kim, June Myung)
송제은(Song, Je Eun)
안진영(Ahn, Jin Young) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3740-2826
오동현(Oh, Dong Hyun)
이경원(Lee, Kyungwon) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3788-2134
정수진(Jeong, Su Jin) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4025-4542
최준용(Choi, Jun Yong) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2775-3315
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