Melioidosis: an emerging infection in Taiwan?

Emerg Infect Dis. May-Jun 2001;7(3):428-33. doi: 10.3201/eid0703.010310.


From January 1982 to May 2000, 17 infections caused by Burkholderia pseudomallei were diagnosed in 15 patients in Taiwan; almost all the infections were diagnosed from 1994 to May 2000. Of the 15 patients, 9 (60%) had underlying diseases, and 10 (67%) had bacteremic pneumonia. Thirteen (76%) episodes of infection were considered indigenous. Four patients died of melioidosis. Seventeen B. pseudomallei isolates, recovered from eight patients from November 1996 to May 2000, were analyzed to determine their in vitro susceptibilities to 14 antimicrobial agents, cellular fatty acid and biochemical reaction profiles, and randomly amplified polymorphic DNA patterns. Eight strains (highly related isolates) were identified. All isolates were arabinose non-assimilators and were susceptible to amoxicillin-clavulanate, piperacillin-tazobactam, imipenem, and meropenem. No spread of the strain was documented.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Burkholderia pseudomallei / classification*
  • Burkholderia pseudomallei / drug effects
  • Burkholderia pseudomallei / isolation & purification
  • Communicable Diseases, Emerging / microbiology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Melioidosis / microbiology*
  • Microbial Sensitivity Tests
  • Middle Aged
  • Random Amplified Polymorphic DNA Technique
  • Taiwan