Burkholderia pseudomallei

Burkholderia pseudomallei is a Gram-negative, aerobic, rod-shaped bacterium. It is a member of the Burkholderiaceae family.

In humans, Burkholderia pseudomallei causes melioidosis with subcutaneous and subserous abscesses and granulomas.

Transmission occurs via direct contact with contaminated water or soil; the pathogen enters the organism through small skin lesions, by inhalation or swallowing. Human-to-human transmission is possible via body fluids.

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Rod-shaped bacteria (bacilli)
Curved, straight or bean-shaped: bacilli come in many variants and are widely spread.

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