CDC Advises that Melioidosis Locally Endemic in Areas of the Mississippi Gulf Coast

Published: 07/28/2022

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) identified the bacterium Burkholderia pseudomallei (B. pseudomallei) for the first time in the environment in the continental United StatesThis bacterium causes a rare and serious disease called melioidosis. B. pseudomallei was identified through environmental sampling of soil and water in the Gulf Coast region of southern Mississippi during an investigation of two human melioidosis cases.

According to the CDC, it is unclear how long the

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