A rare and crucial disease called melioidosis caused by bacteria has been revealed in Mississippi water and soil specimens, according to the CDC.


Public health officials are asking vulnerable citizens of Mississippi Gulf Coast  to take safety measures after a survey found deadly bacteria on home floors of 2 sick people.

Melioidosis- Gulf Coast

Melioidosis- survey

The survey began this year and in 2020 after two unrelated citizens in the area were sick with melioidosis.

It is believed that both suffered from melioidosis, also known as Whitmore's disease, because they were naked to a rare strain of bacteria known as Burkholderia pseudomallei.

Melioidosis- Puerto Rico

Bacteria have been diagnosed in Puerto Rico, but Wednesday's statement marks the first-time bacteria have been found in the soil in the United States.

A spokesman for Mississippi Department of Health verified via email that two had recovered. The CDC said in a health advisory that patient was confined for sepsis and was treated with antibiotics.

Melioidosis- CDC

According to the CDC, patients typically develop symptoms when exposed to contaminated sites and puddles an average of one week after being affected by bacteria.

Symptoms of melioidosis include fever, pain and swelling, ulcers, cough, chest pain, shortness of breath, weight loss, muscle and joint pain, headache, and seizures.

Symptoms of Melioidosis

These can develop into diseases such as abscesses, pneumonia, and blood-borne diseases. It is fatal in 10 to 50% of cases.