People in Dallas Have Found a Disease Called the Contagious Melioidosis Disease.

Contagious Melioidosis Disease

The Centers For Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) said a contagious Melioidosis disease in Texas. The Burkholderia pseudomallei bacterium caused it.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found that many states have had cases of a rare disease called Melioidosis. The CDC has found that the disease is very contagious, and it can be terrible. A lot of people in Texas, Georgia, Kansas, and Minnesota have gotten this disease.

“The Kansas Department of Health and Environment, the Minnesota Department of Health, and the Texas Department of State Health Services are working together to investigate three previous cases. They are getting help from CDC. The four cases include children and adults. There are two girls and two boys. In March 2021, a person in Kansas died from the virus. For the second and third cases, both happened in Minnesota and Texas. These people were hospitalized for a long time. An 11-year-old boy died in the hospital and was identified post-mortem. He was from Georgia. None of the cases had traveled outside the continental United States.”

According to scientific studies, Texas might have the perfect climate to host bacteria called B. pseudomallei. If you know where the bacteria is, you will see if it is in the United States. It might be in Texas already, and we don’t know.

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This is not the first time someone has been diagnosed with Melioidosis in Texas. After experiencing difficulty breathing and severe kidney problems, a 63-year-old man in Atascosa County, Texas, was diagnosed with Melioidosis in 2018. The patient went to Monterrey, Mexico, 30 years ago. Another man from the same county was diagnosed with a disease even though he had not been outside of the United States. But maybe he was around B. pseudomallei as a prisoner of war during World War II.

Melioidosis can happen if you come into close contact with polluted soil or water. If you breathe in the dust, drink dirty water, eat ground on it or touch contaminated soil, then Melioidosis could happen.

According to HealthLine, you should watch out for the following symptoms::

  • Cough.
  • Fever.
  • Diarrhea.
  • Seizures.
  • Stomach or chest pain.
  • Ulcers on or below the skin.

The Centers for Disease Control says, “The time between an exposure to the bacteria that causes disease and when symptoms appear is not clearly defined. It may be one day or many years. Symptoms usually start two to four weeks after being exposed, but could happen any time after this. Although healthy people may get Melioidosis, there are some medical conditions that can increase their risk of getting this disease.”

People with medical conditions may have other problems. They can include pain, vomiting, or fever. “People with AIDS, cancer, open skin wounds, diabetes or chronic renal disease should not touch soil or farm water. This is because these people have a weak immune system.”

This article is to help you. It does not give you advice about your health. So please talk to a doctor before deciding anything about your health.

Update: We don’t have any more confirmed cases of the illness in Texas. But we will update this article if there are any new findings. 

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