The Lancet – Global burden of melioidosis, 2015: a systematic review and data synthesis

Melioidosis, caused by the environmental bacterium Burkholderia pseudomallei, is an often-fatal infectious disease with a high prevalence across tropical areas. Clinical presentation can vary from abscess formation to pneumonia and septicaemia. We assessed the global burden of melioidosis, expressed in disability-adjusted life years (DALYs), for the year 2015.


Emma Birnie, Harjeet S Virk, Jelmer Savelkoel, Rene Spijker, Eric Bertherat, David A B Dance, Direk Limmathurotsakul, Brecht Devleesschauwer, Juanita A Haagsma, W Joost Wiersinga. Global burden of melioidosis in 2015: a systematic review and data synthesis. Lancet Infect Dis. 2019 Aug;19(8):892-902.

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