Short Report: Melioidosis as a Consequence of Sporting Activity

Audrey Hill, Mark Mayo, Mirjam Kaestli, Erin Price, Leisha Jade Richardson, Daniel Godoy, Brian Spratt, Bart Currie

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In the tropical city of Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia, dry season soil sampling cultured Burkholderia pseudomallei from 7 (70%) of 10 sports fields. However, during the 23 years of the Darwin Prospective Melioidosis Study, only 5 (0.6%) of 785 melioidosis cases have been attributed to infection from sports fields. In one soccer player with cutaneous melioidosis, B. pseudomallei cultured from the player was identical by multilocus sequence typing and multilocus variable-number tandem repeat analysis with an isolate recovered from soil at the location on the sports field where he was injured. Melioidosis is uncommon in otherwise healthy sports persons in melioidosis-endemic regions but still needs consideration in persons with abrasion injuries that involve contact with soil. Copyright © 2013 by The American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)365-366
Number of pages2
JournalAmerican Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2013


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