Endemic melioidosis in residents of desert region after atypically intense rainfall in Central Australia, 2011

Teem-Wing Yip, Saliya Hewagama, Mark Mayo, Erin Price, Derek Sarovich, Ivan Bastian, Robert Baird, Brian Spratt, Bart Currie

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Abstract

After heavy rains and flooding during early 2011 in the normally arid interior of Australia, melioidosis was diagnosed in 6 persons over a 4-month period. Although the precise global distribution of the causal bacterium Burkholderia pseudomallei remains to be determined, this organism can clearly survive in harsh and even desert environments outside the wet tropics.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1038-1040
Number of pages3
JournalEmerging Infectious Diseases
Volume21
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2015

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