Volume 93, Issue 6
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645



Melioidosis is a bacterial infection caused by , a gram-negative saprophytic bacillus. Cases occur sporadically in the Americas with an increasing number of cases observed among people with no travel history to endemic countries. To better understand the incidence of the disease in the Americas, we reviewed the literature, including unpublished cases reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Of 120 identified human cases, occurring between 1947 and June 2015, 95 cases (79%) were likely acquired in the Americas; the mortality rate was 39%. appears to be widespread in South, Central, and North America.


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  • Received : 02 Jun 2015
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  • Published online : 09 Dec 2015

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