Melioidosis: Symptoms & Signs

Medically Reviewed on 5/5/2021

Melioidosis is an infectious disease. The infection is most common in Southeast Asia and Northern Australia. There are different types of infection, with lung involvement being the most common type.

Signs and symptoms of melioidosis can include symptoms and signs related to bronchitis or pneumonia such as

Other associated signs and symptoms can include a

Melioidosis is fatal in around 40% of all cases.

Cause of melioidosis

Infection with the bacterium Burkholderia pseudomallei causes melioidosis. These bacteria are found in contaminated water and soil and can spread to humans and animals through direct contact with the contaminated source.

Other melioidosis symptoms and signs


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Jameson, J. Larry, et al. Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine, 20th Ed. New York: McGraw-Hill Education, 2018.