Maryland woman contracts rare melioidosis bacteria from fish tank: report

Maryland woman contracts rare melioidosis bacteria from fish tank: report


A Maryland woman is believed to be the first in the world to contract an extremely rare life-threatening bacterial disease from her own freshwater aquarium filled with imported tropical fish, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.

The 56-year-old woman was hospitalized back in 2019 after she became infected with melioidosis – a foreign bacteria that is very rarely found in the US, according to a new report published this month in the CDC’s Emerging Infectious Diseases journal.

Melioidosis is typically only found in tropical areas — particularly South Asia and Australia — but when cases are uncovered in the US they are usually linked to people who have traveled internationally.  

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The Maryland woman, who had never been outside the US, is

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