Volume 91, Issue 6
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645



The predictors of severe disease or death were determined for 85 melioidosis patients in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Most of the patients were male, > 40 years old, and diabetic. Severe disease or death occurred in 28 (32.9%) cases. Lower lymphocyte counts and positive blood cultures were significant independent predictors of severe disease, but age, presentations with pneumonia, inappropriate empirical antibiotics, or flagellin types of the infecting isolates were not. Knowledge of local predictors of severe disease is useful for clinical management.


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  • Received : 09 Jun 2014
  • Accepted : 19 Aug 2014
  • Published online : 03 Dec 2014

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