Melioidosis (cont.)

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Can melioidosis be prevented?

In counties where melioidosis occurs, people with compromised immune systems (such as AIDS, cancer, those undergoing chemotherapy, etc.) should avoid contact with soil and contaminated water, especially in farm areas.

What is the prognosis for melioidosis?

Untreated, melioidosis is fatal. When treated with antibiotics, severe forms of the illness have an overall mortality rate of approximately 40%.

Medically reviewed by Robert Cox, MD; American Board of Internal Medicine with subspecialty in Infectious Disease
"Melloidosis: risk factors" Centers for Disease Control
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 4/8/2015