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BACKGROUND Laboratory diagnosis of hemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome (HFRS), an infectious disease caused by rodent-borne hantaviruses in Asia and Europe, depends primarily on serological methods. Since the advent of such serodiagnostic tests, few reports are available about the clinical and molecular epidemiological features of HFRS. OBJECTIVES To(More)
Since initial reports in April 2009, the pandemic influenza A (H1N1) virus has spread globally. Influenza vaccines are the primary method for the control of influenza and its complications. We conducted a multicenter clinical trial to evaluate the immunogenicity and safety of H1N1 vaccine (Green Cross Co.) in young adults (18 to 64 years) and the elderly (≥(More)
BACKGROUND Mycobacterial infections transmitted by acupuncture are an emerging problem. There have been two reports of mycobacterial infections complicating acupuncture in the English literature. AIM To describe the clinical manifestations and treatment of patients who acquired localized Mycobacterium abscessus infection in the process of acupuncture. (More)
BACKGROUND With prolonged life expectancies, mental illness has emerged as a disabling disorder among people with HIV. MATERIALS AND METHODS This study was conducted to assess the prevalence of depression and its risk factors among Korean patients with HIV infections. Eighty-two HIV-infected patients completed structured questionnaires including the Beck(More)
OBJECTIVES To determine the in vitro activities and interactions of imipenem, colistin and tigecycline with old antibacterial agents against carbapenem-resistant Acinetobacter baumannii. METHODS Forty-three carbapenem-resistant A. baumannii isolates from the intensive care unit of a university hospital were collected and their MICs of imipenem, colistin(More)
BACKGROUND The occurrence of herpes zoster can deteriorate the quality of life considerably, resulting in high disease burden. While Korea is assumed to have high disease burden of herpes zoster, there has been no researches analyzing this. OBJECTIVES We performed this study to investigate the disease burden of herpes zoster in the Korean population as a(More)
Acinetobacter baumannii is an important cause of nosocomial infection with increasing carbapenem resistance. The aim of this study was to compare the efficacy of colistin+rifampicin and imipenem+rifampicin combinations with that of several other antibiotic regimens against carbapenem-resistant A. baumannii pneumonia using an immunosuppressed mouse model.(More)
Influenza viruses cause seasonal epidemics associated with high morbidity and mortality. However, even during periods of epidemic prevalence, clinical diagnoses are problematic. Rapid diagnostic tests for the detection of pandemic influenza A/B virus are valuable for their ease of use. Many rapid influenza diagnostic kits were introduced recently in the(More)
During the 2009–2011 influenza seasons, 10.26% of the specimens isolated from patients in South Korea were subtyped as H3N2 viruses. Some oseltamivir-sensitive H3N2 samples exhibited different plaque morphologies, and were found to have novel mutations in the neuraminidase gene. In a subsequent analysis using NA mutant viruses, viral compensation against(More)
The contributions of clonal spread, transfer of genetic elements, and introduction of new strains to the establishment of endemicity of vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE) were determined. The study took place at one hospital between 1990, when VRE were first detected, and 1996, when endemicity had become established. Isolates from 183 patients were(More)