• 1 Medical Department, Kapit Hospital, Ministry of Health, Kapit, Malaysia
  • 2 Obstetrics and Gynaecology Department, Kapit Hospital, Ministry of Health, Kapit, Malaysia
  • 3 Global and Tropical Health Division, Menzies School of Health Research, Charles Darwin University, Darwin, Australia
  • 4 Institute of Health and Community Medicine, University Malaysia Sarawak, Kota Samarahan, Sarawak, Malaysia.
BMC Infect Dis, 2020 Mar 06;20(1):201.
PMID: 32143598 DOI: 10.1186/s12879-020-4937-8


BACKGROUND: Melioidosis is a potentially life-threatening infection caused by the Gram-negative bacterium Burkholderia pseudomallei. Melioidosis is difficult to diagnose due to its diverse clinical manifestations, which often delays administration of appropriate antibiotic therapy.

CASE PRESENTATION: Melioidosis is uncommon in pregnancy but both spontaneous abortion and neonatal melioidosis have been reported. We report a case of bacteraemic melioidosis in a young woman with a subsequent spontaneous abortion, with B. pseudomallei cultured from a high vaginal swab as well as blood.

CONCLUSION: It remains unclear in this and previously reported cases as to whether the maternal melioidosis was sexually transmitted.

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