Statutory notification

Public health management

Important information

  • Infectious agent: Burkholderia pseudomallei.
  • Transmission: Usually contact with contaminated soil or water through skin wounds, aspiration or ingestion of contaminated water or inhalation of soil dust.
  • Incubation period: Can be as short as 2 days, but years may elapse between presumed exposure and symptoms.
  • Infectious period: Person to person transmission has not been proven conclusively.
  • Case exclusion: Do not exclude.
  • Contact exclusion: Do not exclude.
  • Treatment: Antibiotic treatment as recommended by the doctor.
  • Immunisation:  None available.
  • Case follow-up: Is conducted by Public Health Units and the Communicable Disease Control Directorate.

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