A Potentially Deadly Bacteria Has Been Found For The First Time In US Soil And Water! These are the symptoms the CDC has said to look out for.
The bacteria Burkholderia pseudomallei (B. pseudomallei), which causes the uncommon but dangerous condition melioidosis, was found by health experts.
The bacteria was discovered through environmental sampling of soil and water after an inquiry into two human cases of the illness in the Gulf Coast region of southern Mississippi. Only seldom have cases of B. pseudomallei been reported in Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Central and South America, and northern Australia and Southeast Asia.
HOW LETHAL IS B.PSEUDOMALLEI?
Worldwide, melioidosis kills 10 to 50% of those infected, according to the CDC. The disease is now considered endemic in certain parts of the Gulf Coast region of Mississippi.
Last year, two people became ill, and two others died, after using an imported aromatherapy spray contaminated with the deadly strain.
B. pseudomallei infection can occur through direct contact with contaminated soil or water through cuts in the skin, inhalation, or digestion. Symptoms of melioidosis include: fever, localized pain, ulcers, cough, chest pain, loss of appetite, headache, and seizures.