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Fatal human melioidosis acquired in a subtropical Australian city

Munckhof, W. J., Mayo, Mark John, Scott, I. and Currie, Bart J. (2001). Fatal human melioidosis acquired in a subtropical Australian city. The American journal of tropical medicine and hygiene,65(4):325-328.

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Title Fatal human melioidosis acquired in a subtropical Australian city
Author Munckhof, W. J.
Mayo, Mark John
Scott, I.
Currie, Bart J.
Journal Name The American journal of tropical medicine and hygiene
Publication Date 2001
Volume Number 65
Issue Number 4
ISSN 1476-1645   (check CDU catalogue  open catalogue search in new window)
Start Page 325
End Page 328
Total Pages 4
Place of Publication USA
Publisher American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
Language English
Field of Research 320000 Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DEST)
Abstract We describe an acute fatal human case of melioidosis acquired in Ipswich, a city at 27.5°S in southern Queensland, south of the area traditionally considered endemic for melioidosis in Australia. Molecular typing revealed that this patient isolate was genetically distinct from 2 other human and 1 bovine isolates of Burkholderia pseudomallei from the same region and from 4 tropical northern Australian strains. This finding suggests that if B. pseudomallei has been introduced to the region from northern Australia, it was not in recent times, and there has not been a point source of infection. Burkholderia pseudomallei is present in temperate southern Queensland, which hitherto has not been well appreciated. Clinicians should consider the diagnosis of acute melioidosis in patients with severe pneumonia or septicemia acquired in subtropical areas such as southern Queensland, particularly after heavy summer rains with flooding.
Keywords Australian
melioidosis
Additional Notes 2160 (Journal)
 
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