Clinical definitions of melioidosis

Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2013 Mar;88(3):411-413. doi: 10.4269/ajtmh.12-0555.


Clinical definitions of melioidosis and inhalation-acquired melioidosis (Burkholderia pseudomallei infection) are described together with the evidence used to develop these definitions. Such definitions support accurate public health reporting, preparedness planning for deliberate B. pseudomallei release, design of experimental models, and categorization of naturally acquired melioidosis.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Bacteriological Techniques / methods
  • Bioterrorism
  • Burkholderia pseudomallei / isolation & purification*
  • Humans
  • Inhalation Exposure
  • Melioidosis / diagnosis*
  • Melioidosis / microbiology
  • Melioidosis / pathology*
  • Pneumonia, Bacterial / microbiology
  • Pneumonia, Bacterial / pathology
  • Sensitivity and Specificity
  • Systemic Inflammatory Response Syndrome