Burkholderia pseudomallei was found in the Gulf Coast region of Mississippi, the first discovery of the bacteria in the environment in the United States.
The agency has asked health care providers across the country to consider word sickness a possible diagnosis when people show symptoms, “as word sickness is now considered locally endemic in areas of the Gulf Coast region of Mississippi.
Symptoms of chlamydial disease depend on where a person is infected, but may include fever, pain or swelling, ulcers, cough, chest pain, difficulty breathing, weight loss, muscle or joint pain, confusion, headache, and seizures. These can develop into conditions such as pneumonia, abscesses, and blood infections. It is fatal in 10% to 50% of cases.
B. pseudomallei bacteria are commonly found in tropical areas, and US cases are usually associated with travel. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says an average of 12 cases are reported to the agency each year.
The latest discovery came after two people who lived near each other in southern Mississippi but had no recent history of international travel contracted the same bacterial strain in July 2020 and May 2022, the CDC said, prompting sampling of their household products. their property and adjacent areas. The patients were taken to hospital but recovered after taking antibiotics.
People who live in or visit coastal Mississippi, especially those with certain chronic conditions, are urged to protect open wounds, cuts, or burns with waterproof dressings; Avoid contact with soil or muddy water; And do not drink water from shallow wells, lakes, rivers, ponds and streams. Get medical attention right away if you notice possible symptoms of chlamydia.
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