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Volume 17, Number 7—July 2011


Etymologia: Melioidosis

Nancy MännikköComments to Author 
Author affiliation: Author affiliation: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA, USA

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From the Greek melis, distemper of asses, oeidēs, resemblance, and osis, a suffix indicating an abnormal condition or disease. Alfred Whitmore, a British pathologist serving in Burma, and his assistant C. S. Krishnaswami first described melioidosis in 1912. The infection became known as Whitmore’s disease. In 1925, Ambrose T. Stanton and William Fletcher, the researchers who identified Burkholderia pseudomallei as the infection’s causative agent, renamed the infection melioidosis because of its clinical resemblance to glanders.

Sources: Dorland’s Illustrated Medical Dictionary. 31st edition. Philadelphia: Saunders, 2007; Stanton AT, Fletcher W. Melioidosis, a disease of rodents communicable to man. Lancet. 1925;205:10–3.

Suggested citation for this article: Männikkö N. Etymologia: Melioidosis. Emerg Infect Dis [serial on the Internet]. 2011 Jul [date cited]. http://dx.doi/org/10.3201/eid1707.ET1707

DOI: 10.3201/eid1707.ET1707

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