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CDC Warns Deadly Bacteria Detected In U.S. For 1st Time

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  • The CDC issued a warning Wednesday that a deadly bacteria has been found in the Gulf Coast region of Mississippi near the homes of two people who were hospitalized.
  • That marks the first time the bacterium Burkholderia pseudomallei has been detected in water and soil samples in the U.S..
  • “This bacterium causes a rare and serious disease called melioidosis,” the CDC said.
  • Melioidosis, also known as Whitmore’s disease, is “highly endemic” in places such as Thailand and northern Australia.

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