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Right upper pneumonia due to melioidosis.

Photo 1. Right upper pneumonia due to melioidosis. 

This disease occurs in the Far East and is due to infection with Pseudomonas pseudomallei (Whitmore's bacillus). The route of infection is uncertain and it may be water-borne or air-borne, or acquired by contamination of wounds with soil. Acute septicaemia may be followed by disseminated abscess formation, or the disease may be subacute from the start. This is an X-ray of a 14-year-old Thai boy who presented with pneumonia which failed to respond completely to antibiotic therapy. He died six months later with miliary peritoneal deposits containing P. pseudomallei.

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