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Korean J Clin Microbiol. 2007 Oct;10(2):154-159. Korean. Case Report.
Ha GY , Choi YS , Kim MY , Lee YH , Lee KS , Hwang KJ , Pak MY .
Department of Laboratory Medicine, College of Medicine, Dongguk University, Gyeongju, Korea. doctor61gyha@hanmail.net
Department of Internal Medicine, College of Medicine, Dongguk University, Gyeongju, Korea.
Department of Urology, College of Medicine, Dongguk University, Gyeongju, Korea.
Division of Zoonoses, Center for Immunology and Pathology, National Institute of Health, Seoul, Korea.
Abstract

Brucellosis is a zoonosis caused by Brucella species. B. melitensis, B. suis, B. abortus and B. canis can infect humans. Recently, as the cases of bovine brucellosis have increased every year in Korea, the cases of human brucellosis have also increased among livestock workers and veterinarians in rural areas, since the first human case was reported in 2003. Because clinical manifestations of the disease are nonspecific and may be very atypical, clinicians and laboratory persons need to be active in using diagnostic tools including polymerase chain reaction in addition to the ordinary culture and serologic tests, and taking an appropriate measure to prevent intralaboratory infection. We report herein our experience in three human brucellosis cases diagnosed by cultures, serologic tests and gene detection.

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