The Use of Positive Serological Tests as Evidence of Exposure to Burkholderia pseudomallei

University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom
The American journal of tropical medicine and hygiene (Impact Factor: 2.7). 06/2011; 84(6):1021-2; author reply 1023. DOI: 10.4269/ajtmh.2011.11-0114a
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