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Management of Typhoid Fever – Clinical and Historical Perspectives in Korea

Chang MS, Woo JH, Kim S

Typhoid fever, showed a dramatic decrease in its incidence from 56 per 100,000 population just after Korea's independence to
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Historical Review of Leptospirosis in the Korea (1945 – 2015)

Kim MJ

Leptospirosis is a widespread worldwide zoonosis. Human leptospirosis was first identified in the Korea in 1984 as the cause of “epidemic pulmonary hemorrhagic fever of unknown etiology” that occurred sporadically...
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Successful Treatment of Fulminant Hepatitis due to Varicella Zoster Virus using Immunoglobulin in a Kidney Transplant Patient

Hsing LC, Kim JY, Kwon JS, Shin EC, Kim SH

The clinical benefit of adjuvant intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) therapy is controversial in immunocompromised patients with severe varicella. A twenty-one-year-old woman who had received a kidney transplant one year earlier presented...
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Modified Measles in an Anti-Measles Immunoglobulin G-negative Healthcare Worker who had Received Two Doses of Measles-Containing Vaccine

Park JW, Yu SN, Park E, Lee Y, Park SM, Jeon MH

To date, documentation of two doses of measles-containing vaccine (MCV) has been accepted as confirmation of measles immunity among healthcare workers (HCWs). However, we encountered measles in an HCW who...
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Prescription of Antibiotics for Adults with Acute Infectious Diarrhea in Korea: A Population-based Study

Lee HJ, Park KH, Park DA, Park J, Bang BW, Lee SS, Lee EJ, Kim YJ, Hong SK, Kim YR

BACKGROUND: Acute infectious diarrhea (AID) is a commonly observed condition globally. Several studies recommend against the use of empiric antibiotic therapy for AID, except in some cases of travelers' diarrhea....
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Antibiotic Treatment of Vertebral Osteomyelitis caused by Methicillin-Susceptible Staphylococcus aureus: A Focus on the Use of Oral β-lactams

Oh WS, Moon C, Chung JW, Choo EJ, Kwak YG, Kim SH, Ryu SY, Park SY, Kim BN

BACKGROUND: Vertebral osteomyelitis (VO) is a rare but serious condition, and a potentially significant cause of morbidity. Methicillin-susceptible Staphylococcus aureus (MSSA) is the most common microorganism in native VO. Long-term...
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Clinical Characteristics and Outcomes of Patients with Culture-Negative Pyogenic Spondylitis according to Empiric Glycopeptide Use

Lee YD, Jeon YH, Kim YH, Ha KY, Hur JW, Ryu KS, Kim JS, Kim YJ

BACKGROUND: The optimal choice of antibiotics is challenging in culture-negative pyogenic spondylitis (PS). The empiric use of glycopeptides is suggested depending on various risk factors, although clinical data are sparse....
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Prognostic Value of Serum Procalcitonin level for the Diagnosis of Bacterial Infections in Critically-ill Patients

So-Ngern A, Leelasupasri S, Chulavatnatol S, Pummangura C, Bunupuradah P, Montakantikul P

BACKGROUND: Procalcitonin (PCT) is a diagnostic biomarker for bacterial infections in critically-ill patients. However, the cut-off value of PCT for the diagnosis of bacterial infections is unclear and unreliable. This...
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Investigation of a Mumps Outbreak in a Dental Clinic at a University Hospital

Lee JE, Lee SO, Kang JS, Yi J, Kim KH

BACKGROUND: The Korean Society of Infectious Diseases recommends non-mandatory vaccination of newly employed healthcare workers (HCWs) with 2 measles–mumps–rubella (MMR) vaccine doses. Here, we aimed to investigate the seroprevalence of...
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Treatment of Extrapulmonary Nontuberculous Mycobacterial Diseases

Wi YM

Nontuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) diseases mainly manifest as pulmonary illnesses, but 20 -30% of NTM isolates originate from extrapulmonary diseases. These diseases cause a variety of clinical syndromes, including skin and...
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