Dangerous bacterium found in Mississippi soil

Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“US health officials say they have found a rare but dangerous type of bacterium in soil and water samples in the Gulf Coast region of Mississippi. The bug, called Burkholderia pseudomallei, can make some people extremely sick if they become infected. Most healthy people who come into contact will not develop the serious illness called melioidosis, which can be treated with antibiotics. Medics are now on alert for any possible cases. Melioidosis can occur in people who have underlying diseases, such as diabetes and chronic kidney disease. The US Centres for Disease Control is advising residents who might be at higher risk to take precautions: * Avoid contact with soil or muddy water when possible, particularly after heavy rains, and protect open wounds with waterproof dressings; * Wear waterproof boots when gardening or doing agricultural work; * Wear gloves to protect the hands when working directly with soil.” (07/28/22)