Gulf Coast tests confirm deadly tropical soil bacterium now endemic to US

Gulf Coast tests confirm deadly tropical soil bacterium now endemic to US

Enlarge / Burkholderia pseudomallei grown on sheep blood agar for 24 hours. B. pseudomallei is a Gram-negative aerobic bacteria, and it’s the causative agent of melioidosis. For years, health officials in the US noted sporadic, mysterious cases of a foreign bacterial infection, called melioidosis. The infection—which is difficult to diagnose, tricky to treat, and often …

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