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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?
The treatment of this disorder consists of a two stages in the first an intravenous solution of medications such as ceftazidime is administered to patients to lower fevers. The second phase is the eradication phase the drugs prescribed ensue that the bacteria is completely removed from the body.
DID YOU KNOW?
The septicemic form of Melioidosis has a high mortality rate if left untreated.