Center for Disease Control It issued a warning Wednesday after a potentially fatal bacteria was found in the Gulf Coast region of Mississippi near the home of two people who were hospitalized after falling ill.
why does it matter: It’s the first time Burkholderia pseudomallei has been detected in water and soil samples in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. health alert. This bacteria causes rare and serious illness called the word,” said the Center for Disease Control.
The Big Picture: Melioidosis, also known as Whitmore disease, “highly endemic” in places like Thailand and northern Australia. But the CDC notes that most healthy people who come into contact with the bacteria do not get sick.
- “The most common underlying conditions that make a person more likely to get sick or die from keloids include diabetes, excessive alcohol use, chronic lung disease, chronic kidney disease, and immunosuppressive conditions, according to the CDC.
- “Worldwide, 10-50% of cases of the disease lead to death.”
News Leadership: Two American patients They were diagnosed with meeloidosis in July 2020 and May 2022, respectively, and they didn’t know each other but lived close to each other, according to the CDC.
- “The genomic sequencing data revealed that the two patients had the same new strain from the Western Hemisphere,” the CDC said. “Both patients were hospitalized with sepsis due to pneumonia and were known risk factors for melioidosis.”
- Both patients recovered after antibiotic treatment.
worth nothing:Melasma is an opportunistic infection, with the disease developing after only 1 in 4600 exposures. Study 2019 Which also indicated that the disease killed nearly 90,000 people globally every year.
- “In Southeast Asia…the in-hospital mortality rate has exceeded 40%,” but in “tropical northern Australia” early identification and access to high-quality intensive care unit (ICU) support in the country’s well-resourced health system has reduced the spread of disease The study indicates that the case fatality rate is around 10%.”
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