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Bacteria behind melioidosis, a deadly tropical disease, found in US for 1st time

The bacterium behind the potentially deadly disease melioidosis has been found for the first time on US soil, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says announced (opens in new tab) Wednesday (July 27).

Historically, the bacteriacalled Burkholderia pseudomallei, has been observed primarily in Southeast Asia and northern Australia, where the highest number of cases of melioidosis occur each year, although the bacterium is also found in certain areas of Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands, and Central and South America. In an average year, only about 12 cases of melioidosis occur in the United States, and these cases can usually be associated with international travel to a country where B. pseudomallei frequently growing, or contaminated imported products. For example, in 2021, two people became ill and two others died after using one imported aromatherapy spray contaminated with bacteria.

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