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Melioidosis, also called Whitmore's disease, is an infectious disease that can infect humans or animals. The disease is caused by the bacterium Burkholderia pseudomallei. The symptoms most commonly stem from lung disease where the infection can form a cavity of pus (abscess). The effects can range from mild bronchitis to severe pneumonia. As a result, patients also may experience fever, headache, loss of appetite, cough, chest pain, and general muscle soreness.
HOW IS MELIOIDOSIS DIAGNOSED?
The diagnosis of melioidosis is made with a microscopic evaluation of a blood, urine, sputum, or skin-lesion sample in the laboratory. A blood test is useful to detect early acute cases of melioidosis, but it cannot exclude the illness if it is negative.
HOW IS MELIOIDOSIS TREATED?
Treatment for Melioidosis is carried out in two stages: an intravenous high-intensity phase and an eradication phase. Medication for the infection is given through the intravenous line in the first phase. In the second phase, eradication medication is given for 12 to 20 weeks for bringing down the rate of recurrence. Draining of abscess may be done surgically
DID YOU KNOW?
In some cases the patient would be given surgical eructation or drainage.