Melioidosis

Sharon J. Peacock*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Melioidosis is increasingly recognized around the world. Despite several decades of clinical research, the mortality rate for melioidosis remains high. This review focuses on studies that relate to patient management, including risk factors, diagnosis, treatment and prediction of the outcome. A brief summary of studies relating to genomics and genotyping, immunology and pathogenesis is provided. RECENT FINDINGS: Involvement in the tsunami of December 2004 is a risk factor for melioidosis, and risk may extend to individuals who were uninjured bystanders. Several standard microbiological techniques used to culture and identify Burkholderia pseudomallei have been evaluated. Polymerase chain reaction has been developed for bacterial identification, although limited evaluation has been performed in the clinical setting. Two trials of antimicrobial therapy provide evidence with which to refine existing treatment protocols. Inexpensive clinical and laboratory predictors for poor outcome have been described. Several putative vaccine candidates have been proposed and studied in animals, but no vaccine is on the immediate horizon. SUMMARY: None of the studies reviewed here report strategies that reduce mortality. A key area for future research is the identification of affordable interventions that lower the death rate, and are applicable to low-resource settings.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)421-428
Number of pages8
JournalCurrent Opinion in Infectious Diseases
Volume19
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2006
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Burkholderia pseudomallei
  • Melioidosis
  • Review

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