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IP International Journal of Medical Microbiology and Tropical Diseases

Melioidosis: Emerging infection in Northern Sri Lanka

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Author Details: S. Pirasath, G. Selvaratnam, T, Kumanan, J. Pradeepan, FN Mubarak

Volume : 2

Issue : 3

Online ISSN : 2581-4761

Print ISSN : 2581-4753

Article First Page : 112

Article End Page : 114


Melioidosis is an emerging infection, causing severe septicaemic illness to chronic infection, with a high mortality and morbidity. It is caused by Burkholderia pseudomallei, a Gram-negative, oxidase positive bacillus. The first case of melioidosis was reported in a European tea broker in 1927 in Sri Lanka. Here we report two cases of melioidosis causing septic arthritis and pneumonia in old aged diabetic woman and multiple hepatic and lung abscesses in middle aged diabetic woman in Jaffna district.

Melioidosis, Septic arthritis, Pneumonia, Abscess