Cystic Fibrosis and Burkholderia pseudomallei Infection: An Emerging Problem?

Clin Infect Dis. 2002 Dec 15;35(12):e138-40. doi: 10.1086/344447. Epub 2002 Nov 19.


We recently managed 4 patients with cystic fibrosis who had acquired Burkholderia pseudomallei infection after exposure in a region of endemicity. Person-to-person transmission between 2 siblings may have occurred; otherwise, the evidence suggests that cystic fibrosis may increase the likelihood of infection with this organism, and patients should be warned of this possibility and cautioned to avoid high-risk activities.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Burkholderia pseudomallei*
  • Child
  • Cystic Fibrosis / complications*
  • Cystic Fibrosis / microbiology
  • Endemic Diseases*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Melioidosis / epidemiology
  • Melioidosis / etiology*
  • Melioidosis / transmission