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India is at high risk from surge in cases of melioidosis, warn researchers

BMJ 2016; 352 doi: (Published 15 January 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:i275
  1. Sophie Cousins
  1. 1Kathmandu

India is among the countries at high risk from melioidosis, a difficult to diagnose, deadly bacterial disease, says a new study published in Nature Microbiology.1

The disease, which is caused by the Gram negative Burkholderia pseudomallei bacterium, which is commonly found in soil and water in south and southeast Asia and northern Australia, is highly resistant to antibiotics and much more prevalent than previously thought.

It is difficult to diagnosis because it mimics other diseases. In the first evidence based estimate of the global extent …

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