Burkholderia pseudomallei in PNG
is an environmental bacterium that causes melioidosis, a frequently fatal
cause of community acquired pneumonia and sepsis in the tropics. Recently
a focus of melioidosis has been described in the Gogodala community of
the Balimo district of Western Province, Papua New Guinea, and in the
past there have been cases reported from Port Moresby General Hospital.
It is likely that melioidosis is an under recognized disease throughout
rural PNG. Infection is linked to exposure to the organism in the environment;
however, little is known about the ecology of the organism, and what factors
promote it survival and persistence in the environment.
This work is funded through
a grant obtained by the Australian Burkholderia Consortium. Sample collection
commenced in 2011 and the study will be completed in 2013. It is being
conducted in Western Province and East Sepik Province, in collaboration
with researchers from James Cook University, Queensland, Australia, Menzies
School of Health Research, Darwin, Australia and University of North Arizona,
Infection and Immunity
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