With increasing affordability and availability of international travel, many endemic infections once restricted to overseas regions are now not uncommonly seen in our locality. Three cases of important arthropod-borne infections from returned travellers are reported and discussed.
A 73-year-old man presented with 1 week’s history of progressive epigastric pain. The pain was dull in nature and the patient reported no vomiting or radiation of pain. On presentation, the patient was found to have a low-grade fever (temperature, 37.8°C). There was no tea-coloured urine. The patient had enjoyed good past health except for a previous surgery for spinal injury.
This is the case of a 77-year-old man with a history of pulmonary tuberculosis (TB). In September 2015, he was admitted to a regional hospital in Hong Kong due to fever and shortness of breath, and was diagnosed with pneumonia, the fourth episode in his life.
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The combined use of piperacillin and tazobactam does not appear to be a suitable alternative to meropenem for patients with bloodstream infections caused by ceftriaxone-resistant Escherichia coli (E. coli) or Klebsiella pneumoniae (K. pneumoniae), according to results of the MERINO* trial.
The addition of low oxygen levels measured by pulse oximetry to the three signs delineated in the current diagnostic model for pneumonia in primary care setting derived by van Vugt, which include fever, tachycardia, and crackly breath sounds on auscultation, can add value to diagnostic precision and help general practitioners (GPs) differentiate pneumonia from less serious infections, a study suggests.