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Title: Melioidosis in Africa: Should we be looking more closely?
Authors: Emma Birnie
Willem J. Wiersinga
Direk Limmathurotsakul
Martin P. Grobusch
University of Amsterdam
Centre de Recherches Médicales en Lambaréné (CERMEL)
Mahidol University
Universitat Tubingen
Keywords: Immunology and Microbiology
Issue Date: 1-Jan-2015
Citation: Future Microbiology. Vol.10, No.2 (2015), 275-283
Abstract: © 2015 Future Medicine Ltd. Melioidosis is a life-threatening infection caused by the Gram-negative bacterium Burkholderia pseudomallei, mainly found in Southeast Asia. Recently, African foci have been identified, although reports remain mostly anecdotal. In Africa, multiple febrile diseases have been erroneously attributed to malaria in the past, and many cases of fever remain mis-or undiagnosed. Vigilance for previously under-recognized pathogens may enhance our understanding of disease epidemiology and facilitate improvement of patient care. Melioidosis may be such a condition. We summarize data on melioidosis in Africa and discuss the future directions for epidemiological, clinical and bacteriological studies. We conclude that searching for old bugs in new places is no academic treasure hunt but a clinically relevant activity to pursue.
ISSN: 17460921
Appears in Collections:Scopus 2011-2015

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