Monday, October 23, 2006

Burkholderia pseudomallei

Aloha, my name is B. pseudomallei.
I'm a Gram negative, non-fermentative rod.

I'm very common in tropical climates.
I especially love Southeast Asia and Northern Australia.
You can find me in soil, getting into you in cuts or in water.

I cause a very special disease known as Melioidosis.
Melioidosis involves pneumonia, abscesses in soft tissue and sometimes septicaemia.
It can be highly fatal!
I'm quite resistant to many antibiotics.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

You should have done B. Cepacia to finish up the CF opportunistic infection trifecta.

Cute but sad.