Melioidosis is a potentially fatal bacterial disease caused by an
environmental saprophyte: Burkholderia (Pseudomonas) pseudomallei. The
disease is endemic in the area between 20?N and 20?S of the equator and is
particularly prevalent in Southeast Asia and northern Australia. However,
sporadic cases have been reported from all over the world, especially in
those who have visited the endemic areas. It is for this reason that we
have set up the Melioidosis forum in the web site, www.melioidosis.org,
here in Thailand, where the majority of cases have been reported. All of
you are invited to share information regarding Melioidosis issues in your
country. You can send information, either pictorially or in text, to me
via e-mail (wasun at melioidosis.org)or ordinary mail (Wasun Chantratita,
Ph.D., Department of Pathology, Faculty of Medicine, Ramathibodi Hospital,
Mahidol University, Rama VI road, Bangkok 10400, Thailand.
Any information you submit will be entered quickly on the web site in the
melioidosis forum session under your name, and this contribution will be
very helpful and beneficial for the scientific community worldwide.
Wasun Chantratita, Ph.D.
Department of Pathology
Faculty of Medicine
Bangkok 10400, Thailand