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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 Influenza epidemics are accompanied by a considerable increase in hospitalization due to acute lower respiratory infection and exacerbation of underlying medical conditions. We estimated the effectiveness of the influenza vaccine at preventing hospitalization due to acute lower respiratory infection and new onset or acute exacerbation of chronic(More)
In a pandemic, the development of an effective influenza vaccine is the most important subject from the view of public health. This study was performed to evaluate the immunogenicity and safety of inactivated, monovalent H1N1 2009 vaccine (Green Cross Corporation, Yongin, Korea) among healthy adults aged 19-64 years (Group 1) and the elderly aged ≥ 65 years(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)
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)
Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) is an acute viral respiratory illness with high mortality caused by a new strain of betacoronavirus (MERS-CoV). Since the report of the first patient in Saudi Arabia in 2012, large-scale outbreaks through hospital-acquired infection and inter-hospital transmission have been reported. Most of the patients reported in(More)
OBJECTIVES To evaluate the clinical outcome and predictive factors of recurrence among patients with Kikuchi's disease. METHODS Between January 2001 and December 2006, all patients with Kikuchi's disease were included in the study. Data were collected on co-morbidities, clinical manifestations, and ultrasound/laboratory findings, and the differences were(More)
The incidence of nocardiosis is increasing with the expansion of immunosuppressive therapy and improvement of laboratory diagnostic methods. Nocardiosis could be fatal in the compromised host. Some Nocardia species are known to be multi-drug resistant. Thus, early recognition and identification of Nocardia species are important for patient treatment and(More)
Sequence analyses of the entire small hydrophobic (SH) and hemagglutinin-neuraminidase (HN) genes of mumps viruses circulated in Korea from 1998 to 2001 showed that these isolates were grouped into two genotypes, H and I. While genotype I was predominant throughout the country during this period, genotype H was found in the restricted region, 1999. The(More)