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a glanderslike disease of rodents, caused by Pseudomonas pseudomallei and occasionally transmitted to humans; it is most commonly seen in China and Southeast Asia. Two forms are noted in humans: the acute form is characterized by pulmonary, liver, and spleen involvement with septicemia; and the chronic form leads to osteomyelitis and formation of abscesses and fistulas.
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