The article notes that, until then, doctors were absolutely certain that the Burkholderia pseudomallei bacterium does not occur in the United States, and melioidosis is common mainly in Southeast Asia and northern Australia. However, the latest research from the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention has shown that the geography of distribution of this microorganism is much broader.
Most of the time, melioidosis can be infected by the fecal-oral route, or through microtrauma to the hands and feet when coming into contact with soil and water contaminated with microorganisms. Symptoms of this disease include fever, headache, muscle aches, and indigestion. The danger is that in the future many patients will develop pneumonia, damage to many organs, including the genitourinary system.
As Advance Local writes, if you undergo treatment in a timely manner, then melioidosis can be defeated. However, without special therapy, this disease can be fatal. It is especially dangerous for children – their mortality in this disease can reach up to 90%, even with timely treatment.
Earlier, scientists from Stanford University reported that air pollution in the United States due to smoke from wildfires was the worst in recent history. Smoke from the wildfires in Canada caused Americans to inhale tiny particles of soot, dust, and other burned debris (PM2.5) that were floating in the air. According to experts, they penetrate deep into the lungs and can provoke various diseases, including oncology.