The Centers For Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) published a warning about an infectious disease caused by the Burkholderia pseudomallei bacterium.
The Centers For Disease Control & Prevention has confirmed that Health officials from various states tried to find a common source of exposure to numerous cases of a deadly disease known as Melioidosis (or Whitmore’s Disease); it can be highly infectious.
And multiple cases of Melioidosis were found in Texas, Georgia, Kansas, and Minnesota.
“The Kansas Department of Health and Environment, the Minnesota Department of Health, and the Texas Department of State Health Services continue to examine the three previous cases with assistance from CDC. The four cases include both children and adults. Two cases are female, and two cases are male. The first case, which was fatal, was identified in March 2021 in Kansas. The second and third cases, both identified in May 2021 in Minnesota and Texas, were hospitalized for extended periods of time before being discharged to transitional care facilities. The most recent case died in the hospital and was identified post-mortem in late July 2021 in Georgia. None of the cases had a history of traveling outside of the continental United States.”
Scientific studies state that the regions of the southern United States, particularly Texas, may have the perfect climate to host B. pseudomallei. It would be necessary to identify the bacteria in environmental samples to determine if it is endemic in the United States; nevertheless, it is also understandable that it is present somewhere in Texas and has not been found yet.
You can get Melioidosis if you come in close contact with contaminated soil or water. Breathing harmful dust or water droplets, ingestion of dirty water and soil-infected food, or contact with contaminated soil is assumed to be the routes of infection for humans and animals.
People with weak immune systems ( AIDS, cancer, those undergoing chemotherapy, etc.), open skin wounds, diabetes, or chronic renal disease should not contact soil and contaminated water, mainly in farm areas.
Symptoms of Melioidosis:
- Stomach or chest pain.
- Ulcers on the skin.
The CDC says, “the time between an exposure to the bacteria that causes the disease and the emergence of symptoms is not clearly defined but may range from one day to many years; generally, symptoms appear two to four weeks after exposure. Although healthy people may get Melioidosis, underlying medical conditions may increase the risk of diseases.”
If you have any symptoms please consult to doctor.