Melioidosis is caused by bacteria found in soil and water is very infectious. It can cause pain in the joints, chest and bones, skin infections and pneumonia.
HOW IS MELIOIDOSIS DIAGNOSED?
To diagnose the condition, a general physician will require blood culture, sputum culture, urine culture, throat swab, and culture of any aspirated pus. The doctor will check your symptoms and evaluate if you have been in recent contact with soil or water in the regions where this disease is suspected.
HOW IS MELIOIDOSIS TREATED?
Intravenous ceftazidime is an intravenous form of drug that is given in case of acute melioidosis. Other treatment drugs here include Meropenem and imipenem. Alongside these two, the patient would also be given antibiotics of other kinds to restrict the spread of the disease. Post treatment, drugs are given for eradication too.
DID YOU KNOW?
Experts estimate that about 165,000 new cases of this disease are identified worldwide a year and that more than half result in death. This makes the disease as deadly as measles or dengue.