Disseminated melioidosis in early pregnancy - An unproven cause of foetal loss

Chee Yik Chang, Nina Lee Jing Lau, Bart J. Currie, Yuwana Podin

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Background: Melioidosis is a potentially life-threatening infection caused by the Gram-negative bacterium Burkholderia pseudomallei. Melioidosis is difficult to diagnose due to its diverse clinical manifestations, which often delays administration of appropriate antibiotic therapy. 

Case presentation: Melioidosis is uncommon in pregnancy but both spontaneous abortion and neonatal melioidosis have been reported. We report a case of bacteraemic melioidosis in a young woman with a subsequent spontaneous abortion, with B. pseudomallei cultured from a high vaginal swab as well as blood. 

Conclusion: It remains unclear in this and previously reported cases as to whether the maternal melioidosis was sexually transmitted.

Original languageEnglish
Article number201
Pages (from-to)1-4
Number of pages4
JournalBMC Infectious Diseases
Publication statusPublished - 6 Mar 2020


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