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Melioidosis in Africa: should we be looking more closely?
Future Microbiol. 2015; 10(2):273-81.FM

Abstract

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.

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Center of Tropical Medicine & Travel Medicine, Department of Infectious Diseases, Division of Internal Medicine, Academic Medical Center, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.No affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Review

Language

eng

PubMed ID

25689538

Citation

Birnie, Emma, et al. "Melioidosis in Africa: Should We Be Looking More Closely?" Future Microbiology, vol. 10, no. 2, 2015, pp. 273-81.
Birnie E, Wiersinga WJ, Limmathurotsakul D, et al. Melioidosis in Africa: should we be looking more closely? Future Microbiol. 2015;10(2):273-81.
Birnie, E., Wiersinga, W. J., Limmathurotsakul, D., & Grobusch, M. P. (2015). Melioidosis in Africa: should we be looking more closely? Future Microbiology, 10(2), 273-81. https://doi.org/10.2217/fmb.14.113
Birnie E, et al. Melioidosis in Africa: Should We Be Looking More Closely. Future Microbiol. 2015;10(2):273-81. PubMed PMID: 25689538.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Melioidosis in Africa: should we be looking more closely? AU - Birnie,Emma, AU - Wiersinga,Willem J, AU - Limmathurotsakul,Direk, AU - Grobusch,Martin P, PY - 2015/2/18/entrez PY - 2015/2/18/pubmed PY - 2015/8/15/medline KW - Africa KW - Burkholderia pseudomallei KW - animals KW - gnathostomiasis KW - human KW - malaria KW - melioidosis KW - soil SP - 273 EP - 81 JF - Future microbiology JO - Future Microbiol VL - 10 IS - 2 N2 - 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. SN - 1746-0921 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/25689538/Melioidosis_in_Africa:_should_we_be_looking_more_closely L2 - https://www.futuremedicine.com/doi/10.2217/fmb.14.113?url_ver=Z39.88-2003&rfr_id=ori:rid:crossref.org&rfr_dat=cr_pub=pubmed DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -