Drinking water and melioidosis
Dr Tim Inglis
Funded by: Cooperative Research Centre for Water Quality and Treatment
Melioidosis is a rare but potentially fatal disease caused by the tropical soil organism Burkholderia pseudomallei. This disease affects mainly people with impaired immune systems and the primary route of infection is through soil contamination of cuts and sores. However, the possibility of infection through inhalation or ingestion of contaminated water has been raised by recent studies in northern Australia. This project is examining the effect of variations in the physicochemical properties of water on survival of the bacterium, and on the effectiveness of chlorine disinfection.