Wiersinga, W. Joost; Currie, Bart J.; Peacock, Sharon J.
September 2012
New England Journal of Medicine;9/13/2012, Vol. 367 Issue 11, p1035
Academic Journal
The article discusses developments in the pathogenesis, diagnostics and treatment of melioidosis. The condition is caused by the environmental gram-negative bacillus Burkholderia pseudomallei and characterized by pneumonia and multiple abscesses. The bacterium was also classified by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as a category B bioterrorism agent. The virulence factors involved in melioidosis, as well as its global distribution, are also discussed.


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