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Spatial analysis of melioidosis distribution in a suburban area

  • M. L. CORKERON (a1), R. NORTON (a2) and P. N. NELSON (a3)

Burkholderia pseudomallei, the causative agent of melioidosis is associated with soil. This study used a geographic information system (GIS) to determine the spatial distribution of clinical cases of melioidosis in the endemic suburban region of Townsville in Australia. A total of 65 cases over the period 1996–2008 were plotted using residential address. Two distinct groupings were found. One was around the base of a hill in the city centre and the other followed the old course of a major waterway in the region. Both groups (accounting for 43 of the 65 cases examined) are in areas expected to have particularly wet topsoils following intense rainfall, due to soil type or landscape position.

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*Author for correspondence: Dr R. Norton, Pathology Queensland, The Townsville Hospital, Townsville, Queensland 4814, Australia. (Email:
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