Who gets melioidosis, and can bacterial genomes tell us why?
Professor Sharon Peacock will deliver this talk entitled 'Who gets melioidosis, and can bacterial genomes tell us why?'.
Melioidosis is a life-threatening infection that disproportionately affects the rural poor in tropical regions, but is grossly under-recognised and under-reported - in large part because of limited diagnostic facilities where most cases occur. This lack of detection contrasts with a predicted 165,000 cases worldwide each year, around 40% of whom die. In this talk, I will explore who gets melioidosis and why, and how infection can be prevented. This will be based on evidence from epidemiological and clinical studies as well as recent analyses of bacterial genomes, which are beginning to reveal why people develop particular forms of melioidosis and how the bacterium interacts with major host risk factors such as diabetes.
Sharon Peacock is a clinical microbiologist based in the Infectious and Tropical Diseases Faculty at the LSHTM.
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