Surprisingly Low Seroprevalence of Burkholderia pseudomallei in Exposed Healthy Adults in the Darwin Region of Tropical Australia Where Melioidosis Is Highly Endemic

Gemma James, Ben Delaney, Linda Ward, Kevin Freeman, Mark Mayo, Bart Currie

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    Abstract

    In the Darwin region of Australia where melioidosis is highly endemic, only 11/354 (3%) healthy residents were seropositive by indirect hemagglutination assay, despite extensive exposure to Burkholderia pseudomallei. None developed melioidosis, but some described a prior self-limiting illness. This seropositivity rate is much lower than that seen in northeast Thailand, where melioidosis is similarly highly endemic, potentially reflecting important differences between these two locations in the epidemiology of melioidosis.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)759-760
    Number of pages2
    JournalClinical and Vaccine Immunogloy
    Volume20
    Issue number5
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - May 2013

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