Melioidosis in Hong Kong
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AbstractMelioidosis, although endemic in many parts of Southeast Asia, has not been systematically studied in Hong Kong, which is a predominantly urban area located in the subtropics. This review describes the early outbreaks of melioidosis in captive animals in Hong Kong in the 1970s, as well as the early reports of human clinical cases in the 1980s. A review of all hospitalized human cases of culture-confirmed melioidosis in the last twenty years showed an increasing trend in the incidence of the disease, with significant mortality observed. The lack of awareness of this disease among local physicians, the delay in laboratory diagnosis and the lack of epidemiological surveillance are among the greatest challenges of managing melioidosis in the territory.
All Author(s) ListGrace Lui, Anthony Tam, Eugene Y. K. Tso, Alan K. L. Wu, Jonpaul Zee, Kin Wing Choi, Wilson Lam, Man Chun Chan, Wan Man Ting, Ivan F. N. Hung
Journal nameTropical Medicine and Infectious Disease
Volume Number3
Issue Number3
Article number91
LanguagesEnglish-United Kingdom

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