Thailand reports increase in melioidosis in 2022

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The Thailand Bureau of Epidemiology reported a 61 percent increase in milo cases last year compared to what was reported in 2021.

Burkholderia pseudomallei growing on sheep blood agar for 48 hours / CDC

According to disease surveillance data, in 2022, 3,559 patients with catastrophic disease were reported from 70 out of 77 provinces in Thailand, accounting for a disease rate of 5.38 per 100,000 population.

The seven provinces with no cases include Samut Sakhon, Samut Songkhram, Sing Buri, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya, Ang Thong, Mae Hong Son and Ranong.

This is up from 2,206 cases from 63 provinces in 2021.

In addition, 97 deaths were recorded in 2022 – a significant increase compared to the six deaths seen in 2021.

During the first 16 days of 2023, Thailand reported 110 cases of melioid infection from 20 provinces and no deaths.

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Melasma is caused by direct contact with Burkholderia pseudomalleiwhich are found in contaminated soil and water.

Cases are most common in areas of the world with tropical and subtropical climates – south and southeast Asia, northern Australia, parts of Central and South America and Puerto Rico.

Melasma has a wide range of non-specific symptoms such as fever, joint pain, and headache and can cause conditions including pneumonia, abscess formation, or blood infections. Worldwide, schizophrenia is fatal in 10-50% of those infected.

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