Risk factors for melioidosis and bacteremic melioidosis

Clin Infect Dis. 1999 Aug;29(2):408-13. doi: 10.1086/520223.


A case-control study was conducted in four hospitals in northeastern Thailand to identify risk factors for melioidosis and bacteremic melioidosis. Cases were patients with culture-proven melioidosis, and there were two types of controls (those with infections, i.e., with community-acquired septicemia caused by other bacteria, and those without infection, i.e., randomly selected patients admitted with noninfectious diseases to the same hospitals). Demographic data, clinical presentations, and suspected risk factors were analyzed. Diabetes mellitus, preexisting renal diseases, thalassemia, and occupational exposure, classified by the soil and water risk assessment, were confirmed to be significant risk factors for melioidosis and bacteremic melioidosis. Only diabetes mellitus was a significant factor associated with bacteremic melioidosis, as compared with nonbacteremia. A significant interaction was found between diabetes mellitus and occupational exposure. Thus, diabetic rice farmers would be the most appropriate population group for targeted control measures such as vaccination in the future.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Bacteremia / etiology*
  • Bacteremia / physiopathology
  • Case-Control Studies
  • Diabetes Complications
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Melioidosis / etiology*
  • Melioidosis / physiopathology
  • Middle Aged
  • Prospective Studies
  • Risk Factors