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Volume 20, Number 2—February 2014


Melioidosis Caused by Burkholderia pseudomallei in Drinking Water, Thailand, 2012

Direk LimmathurotsakulComments to Author , Gumphol Wongsuvan, David Aanensen, Sujittra Ngamwilai, Natnaree Saiprom, Patpong Rongkard, Janjira Thaipadungpanit, Manas Kanoksil, Narisara Chantratita, Nicholas P.J. Day, and Sharon J. Peacock
Author affiliations: Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand (D. Limmathurotsakul, G. Wongsuvan, S. Ngamwilai, N. Saiprom, P. Rongkard, J. Thaipadungpanit, N. Chantratits, N.P.J. Day, S.J. Peacock); Imperial College London, London, UK (D. Aanensen); Sappasithiprasong Hospital, Ubon Ratchathani, Thailand (M. Kanoksil); Churchill Hospital, Oxford, UK (N.P.J. Day); Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge, UK (S.J. Peacock)

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Table 1

Culture of Burkholderia pseudomallei from household drinking water in Ulbon Ratchathani, Thailand, 2012*

Source of drinking water† No. positive samples/no. tested (%) Median quantitative count of B. pseudomallei, CFU/L (range)
Well 1/27 (4) 31
Bore hole 10/84 (12) 18 (<1–65)
Collected rain 0/160 (0) NA
Available but not consumed 26/178 (15) <1 (<1–63)
Consumed 6/95 (6) 1 (<1–13)
Bottled 0/32 (0) NA
Total 43/576 (7) 1 (<1–65)

*Households of participants who resided ≤100 km of Sappasithiprasong Hospital in Ubon Ratchathani were visited. NA, not applicable.
†Samples from water that was consumed were collected, together with tap water samples, which were collected regardless of ingestion history.

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