Melioidosis or Whitmore’s Disease can be difficult to diagnose by jackie   2 comments

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Doctors in Southeast Asia and Northern Australia know it as a stubborn, potentially deadly infection that causes pneumonia, abscesses and, in the most severe cases, organ failure. Without treatment it can kill within 48 hours. Military officials worry it could be converted into an agent of terror. from NPR News

I was reading my mornings news and ran across this. I live in Thailand for number of years and have never heard of Melioidosis. We cover health issues in SE Asia so decided to  research.  Commonly called Whitmore’s  Disease.  In northeast Thailand, there are around 2,000 culture-confirmed melioidosis cases per year, with a case fatality rate (CFR) of 40%!!!!!!!

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2 responses to “Melioidosis or Whitmore’s Disease can be difficult to diagnose by jackie

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  1. Thanks for sharing I have lived in Thailand number of years and never heard about this disease thanks jackie

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  2. As a retired pharmacist, I has also seldom encounter such disease in Penang in particular and in Malaysia in general. We have to be aware and be careful of the existence of such pathogen/s as antibiotics are increasingly “ineffective” against certain resistant bacteria. Prevention is better than cure!


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