New York – US health officials are investigating the latest fatal case of a rare tropical disease commonly found in South Asia.
On Monday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the unidentified person who died last month in Georgia is the fourth case of amyloidosis in the United States this year from bacteria that live in soil and water.
None of the cases from Georgia, Kansas, Minnesota or Texas traveled internationally, baffling experts. The CDC said that two died.
File – Burkholderia pseudomallei is a Gram-negative aerobic bacterium, the causative agent of chlamydial disease.
Federal health officials sent an alert about the latest case to doctors, asking them to consider melioidosis if they encounter a bacterial infection that doesn’t respond to antibiotics — even if the patient has not traveled outside the country. The CDC said the infection can be cured if it’s caught early and treated properly.
Although the diseases were found in different states at different times, the agency said lab analyzes showed the infections were closely related.