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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