Short report: Melioidosis from contaminated bore water and successful UV sterilization

Evan McRobb, Mirjam Kaestli, Mark Mayo, Erin Price, Derek Sarovich, daniel godoy, Brian Spratt, Bart Currie

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    Abstract

    Two cases of melioidosis at a residence in rural northern Australia were linked to the unchlorinated domestic bore (automated well) water supply, which was found to have a high concentration of Burkholderia pseudomallei. Using multilocus sequence typing, clinical B. pseudomallei isolates from both cases were identical to an isolate from the bore water supply. A simple UV sterilizer reduced B. pseudomallei from the domestic water supply to undetectable levels. We have shown that UV treatment is highly effective for remediation of water contaminated with B. pseudomallei and recommend its consideration in households where individuals may be at heightened risk of contracting melioidosis.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)367-368
    Number of pages2
    JournalAmerican Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
    Volume89
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2013

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    McRobb, E., Kaestli, M., Mayo, M., Price, E., Sarovich, D., godoy, D., Spratt, B., & Currie, B. (2013). Short report: Melioidosis from contaminated bore water and successful UV sterilization. American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, 89(2), 367-368. https://doi.org/10.4269/ajtmh.13-0101