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Infections in the Immunocompromised Host, Recognition and Management of Bioterrorism Infections, and Infectious Syndromes Caused by Specific Microorganisms 

Infections in the Immunocompromised Host, Recognition and Management of Bioterrorism Infections, and Infectious Syndromes Caused by Specific Microorganisms
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Infections in the Immunocompromised Host, Recognition and Management of Bioterrorism Infections, and Infectious Syndromes Caused by Specific Microorganisms
Author(s):

Pritish K. Tosh

, M. Rizwan Sohail

, and Elie F. Berbari

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199948949.003.0018
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date: 08 December 2019

Infections in the immunocompromised host may occur in the setting of neutropenia, B-cell and T-cell deficiencies, immunoglobulin deficiencies, complement deficiencies, and macrophage dysfunction. Some patients have multiple defects due to both the underlying disease and its treatment. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention classifies the following diseases as category A, high-priority diseases that pose a risk to national security: anthrax, tularemia, plague, botulism, smallpox, and viral hemorrhagic fevers. This chapter has three goals: recognize infections in the immunocompromised host, describe bioterrorism agents, and review specific infectious syndromes.

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