Epidemiology of melioidosis in Australia and the Pacific region

Allen Cheng, Bart Currie

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    Melioidosis was first described in Australia in sheep in 1949 and the following year in humans. Like most endemic countries, the incidence of melioidosis closely parallels the monsoonal wet season, with an annual incidence in the Top End of the Northern Territory of 16.5 cases per 100,000. However, case-clusters have been described, not only with extreme weather events such as floods and cyclones, but also with contaminated environmental foci. Localised temperate areas of endemicity are also described in Australia, with cases in southern Western Australia and in southeast Queensland. Sporadic cases of melioidosis have also been described in Papua New Guinea, Guam and Fiji. More recently, cases have also been reported in the Western Province in Papua New Guinea and in New Caledonia. Molecular studies suggest that isolates from Australia and the Pacific region are diverse, distinct from, and ancestral to, those in Thailand. Ongoing studies are stratifying risk based on soil sampling.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationMelioidosis
    Subtitle of host publicationA Century of Observation and Research
    EditorsNatkunan Ketheesan
    PublisherElsevier
    ChapterSection II.4
    Pages48-55
    Number of pages8
    ISBN (Electronic)9780444534798
    Publication statusPublished - 2012

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    Papua New Guinea
    Guam
    incidence
    Fiji
    Northern Territory
    New Caledonia
    Western Australia
    Queensland
    Thailand
    wet season
    indigenous species
    soil sampling
    weather
    sheep
    melioidosis

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    Cheng, A., & Currie, B. (2012). Epidemiology of melioidosis in Australia and the Pacific region. In N. Ketheesan (Ed.), Melioidosis: A Century of Observation and Research (pp. 48-55). Elsevier.
    Cheng, Allen ; Currie, Bart. / Epidemiology of melioidosis in Australia and the Pacific region. Melioidosis: A Century of Observation and Research. editor / Natkunan Ketheesan. Elsevier, 2012. pp. 48-55
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