Journal article

Streptococcus suis, an Important Cause of Adult Bacterial Meningitis in Northern Vietnam

Heiman FL Wertheim, Huyen Nguyen Nguyen, Walter Taylor, Trinh Thi Minh Lien, Hoa Thi Ngo, Thai Quoc Nguyen, Bich Ngoc Thi Nguyen, Ha Hong Nguyen, Ha Minh Nguyen, Cap Trung Nguyen, Trinh Tuyet Dao, Trung Vu Nguyen, Annette Fox, Jeremy Farrar, Constance Schultsz, Hien Duc Nguyen, Kinh Van Nguyen, Peter Horby

PLoS One | PUBLIC LIBRARY SCIENCE | Published : 2009

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Streptococcus suis can cause severe systemic infection in adults exposed to infected pigs or after consumption of undercooked pig products. S. suis is often misdiagnosed, due to lack of awareness and improper testing. Here we report the first fifty cases diagnosed with S. suis infection in northern Viet Nam. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: In 2007, diagnostics for S. suis were set up at a national hospital in Hanoi. That year there were 43 S. suis positive cerebrospinal fluid samples, of which S. suis could be cultured in 32 cases and 11 cases were only positive by PCR. Seven patients were blood culture positive for S. suis but CSF culture and PCR negative; making a total of 50 p..

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