Reliability of automated biochemical identification of Burkholderia pseudomallei is regionally dependent

J Clin Microbiol. 2013 Sep;51(9):3076-8. doi: 10.1128/JCM.01290-13. Epub 2013 Jun 19.


Misidentifications of Burkholderia pseudomallei as Burkholderia cepacia by Vitek 2 have occurred. Multidimensional scaling ordination of biochemical profiles of 217 Malaysian and Australian B. pseudomallei isolates found clustering of misidentified B. pseudomallei isolates from Malaysian Borneo. Specificity of B. pseudomallei identification in Vitek 2 and potentially other automated identification systems is regionally dependent.

Publication types

  • Evaluation Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Australia
  • Automation, Laboratory / methods*
  • Bacterial Typing Techniques / methods*
  • Burkholderia pseudomallei / classification
  • Burkholderia pseudomallei / isolation & purification*
  • Burkholderia pseudomallei / metabolism
  • Diagnostic Errors*
  • Geography
  • Humans
  • Malaysia
  • Sensitivity and Specificity