Contamination of hand wash detergent linked to occupationally acquired melioidosis

D Gal, Mark Mayo, Heidi Smith-Vaughan, P Dasari, M McKinnon, Susan Jacups, A Urquhart, M Hassell, Bart Currie

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Two mechanics working at a garage in tropical northern Australia simultaneously developed upper limb melioidosis ulcers. Both patients had Burkholderia pseudomallei of identical pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) type (Spe I). Environmental sampling identified B. pseudomallei in a container of commercial hand wash detergent as the likely source of infection, although there were multiple isolates of different PFGE types to the clinical isolates.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)360-362
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2004


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