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Will melioidosis cases keep rising in Darwin?



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1st May 2012

The last 3 years has seen a substantial rise in cases of melioidosis, with Darwin having the highest infection rate reported anywhere globally and the RDH Intensive Care Unit's resources being severely stretched after periods of heavy rainfall. The Menzies melioidosis team are looking for explanations by a multi-faceted approach that links epidemiology, clinical medicine, molecular microbiology and environmental sciences. However predictions for the future still remain quite speculative.

Professor Bart Currie is Theme leader for Tropical and Emerging Infectious Diseases at Menzies School of Health Research. He is also an Infectious Diseases Physician at Royal Darwin Hospital. The Menzies Melioid MobĀ  is currently investigating the diversity and virulence determinants among 1000 clinical and environmental isolates of Burkholderia pseudomallei. They are involved with the US NIH funded Burkholderia: international collaborative development of novel diagnostics with Northern Arizona University and are part of the Australian Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet & US Department of Homeland Security: The Australian Burkholderia Consortium