Melioidosis: Emerging infection in Northern Sri Lanka
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.
Keywords: Melioidosis, Septic arthritis, Pneumonia, Abscess