Meeting report melioidosis is in the Americas: A call to action for diagnosing and treating the disease

Alfredo Torres, Franco E. Montufar, Jay E. Gee, Alex R. Hoffmaster, Mindy G. Elrod, Carolina Duarte-Valderrama, Monica G. Huertas, David D. Blaney

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Abstract

Melioidosis, a disease caused by the pathogen Burkholderia pseudomallei, is a significant underreported endemic disease foundintropical countries worldwide. Recent studies have demonstrated that human melioidosis cases have been increasingly recognized in the Americas. Therefore, the first Scientific Reunion of Melioidosis in the Americas was organized in Colombia, with the participation of health authorities of 11 Latin American countries and the United States. This report summarizes the topics reviewed during the meeting, including how to identify human infections and properly diagnose them, with the goal of increasing recognition of the disease in the Americas.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)563-564
Number of pages2
JournalAmerican Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
Volume99
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Parasitology
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Virology

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    Torres, A., Montufar, F. E., Gee, J. E., Hoffmaster, A. R., Elrod, M. G., Duarte-Valderrama, C., Huertas, M. G., & Blaney, D. D. (2018). Meeting report melioidosis is in the Americas: A call to action for diagnosing and treating the disease. American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, 99(3), 563-564. https://doi.org/10.4269/ajtmh.18-0418