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In 2019, a case of melioidosis in Maryland, United States was shown to have been acquired from an ornamental fish tank contaminated with Burkholderia pseudomallei likely derived from South-East Asia. We therefore investigated the presence of B. pseudomallei in ornamental fish tanks in Vientiane Capital, Laos, an endemic area.


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Emerging Infectious Diseases


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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melioidosis, FFR, Burkholderia pseudomallei, fish tank