Monthy Case Studies - 2002
A 5-year-old girl developed an earache after vacationing in Belize with her parents.
A 30-year-old woman traveled to Honduras last year. She did not take malaria prophylaxis.
A 67-year-old man was admitted to a hospital due to acute diarrhea. His stool specimen was sent to CDC for a confirmatory diagnosis.
A 45-year-old woman from northern Alberta, who grew up on a sheep farm and enjoyed hunting deer and moose, was seen at a university hospital in Canada for a cyst discovered in the right upper lobe of her lung during a routine chest x-ray.
A 50-year-old scholar was seen in a hospital in Connecticut for severe diarrhea. The patient's travel history in the last 6 months included India and Mexico.
A stool specimen from a 61-year-old man was preserved in 10% formalin and PVA for an ova and parasites (O & P) examination.
A patient received 9 separate units of packed red blood cells (3 times in March, 3 times in late May, and 3 times in late June). The patient developed flu-like symptoms 5 days after the last transfusion.
A 37-year-old man was admitted to the hospital for fever and an inflamed foot. He had spent the previous 3 months touring South America, southern and eastern Africa, and Kathmandu.
A 50-year-old man was admitted to the hospital three times between January and June 2001 for intractable abdominal pain and intermittent fever.
A 55-year-old missionary traveled to Guatemala, the Dominican Republic, and the Ivory Coast in a three month period. The man fell ill during a church conference after returning home from the trip.
A 27-year-old man with Hodgkin's disease was admitted to a hospital due to cough and fever of 5 days duration.
An 11-year-old boy with HIV was seen by a physician for gastrointestinal symptoms and failure to thrive. A duodenal aspirate was obtained and stained with modified acid-fast stain and heated safranin stain.
A 45-year-old man, who recently returned from an extended trip to Ethiopia, sought treatment for a 3 to 5 week history of abdominal pain, diarrhea, rash, and a 20-pound weight loss.
A 37-year-old woman was admitted to the hospital through the ER and died within a few days. Before she died, blood and serum specimens were obtained.
Several children from the same day care center developed diarrhea.
A 32-year-old man was admitted to a local hospital with fever and chills. He reported traveling to Africa prior to becoming ill.
A 29-year-old man who is a chef, was seen by a physician for diarrhea.
A stool specimen from a 20-year-old man was sent to the Oregon State Public Health Laboratory for examination. An FEA (formalin-ethyl acetate) concentration was performed and wet mounts prepared for examination.
A trichrome stained fecal smear was prepared and examined from the stool specimen of a 45-year-old serviceman returning from a tour of duty in the South Pacific.
A physician was admitted to a hospital in January 2002 with a 3-week history of fever. He was treated empirically for pneumonia.
A 60-year-old woman with an extensive travel history to various Caribbean Islands, consulted an infectious disease specialist because of a persistent cough she had been experiencing for a few weeks.
A 4-year-old boy was seen in a children's hospital for fever, nausea, intermittent vomiting, anorexia, and diarrhea. Five months earlier, the boy had traveled to South America with his parents.
A child with nausea, anorexia, and explosive, watery diarrhea was seen by a physician who ordered an O & P (ova and parasites) stool examination.
A patient sought treatment for fever, fatigue, and myalgias. She reported no recent international travel.