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Trop Med Infect Dis. 2018 Feb 23;3(1). pii: E23. doi: 10.3390/tropicalmed3010023.

A Report from the Cambodia Training Event for Awareness of Melioidosis (C-TEAM), October 2017.

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1
Infectious Diseases Unit, Calmette Hospital, Phnom Penh 12201, Cambodia. sotharith_bory@yahoo.com.
2
Diagnostic Microbiology Development Program, Phnom Penh 12302, Cambodia. fdaily@dmdp.org.
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Diagnostic Microbiology Development Program, Phnom Penh 12302, Cambodia. gaetan.khim@dmdp.org.
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Diagnostic Microbiology Development Program, Phnom Penh 12302, Cambodia. joanne.letchford@dmdp.org.
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Hospital Services Department, Ministry of Health, Phnom Penh 12152, Cambodia. soksrun@gmail.com.
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Preventive Medicine Department, Ministry of Health, Phnom Penh 12152, Cambodia. herokol@yahoo.com.
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Preventive Medicine Department, Ministry of Health, Phnom Penh 12152, Cambodia. sreanglak@yahoo.com.
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World Health Organization, Phnom Penh 12302, Cambodia. tuseol@who.int.
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World Health Organization, Phnom Penh 12302, Cambodia. chanv@who.int.
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Diagnostic Microbiology Development Program, Phnom Penh 12302, Cambodia. oeng.sopheap@dmdp.org.
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Cambodia Oxford Medical Research Unit, Angkor Hospital for Children, Siem Reap 17252, Cambodia. pault@tropmedres.ac.
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Centre for Tropical Medicine and Global Health, Nuffield Department of Medicine, University of Oxford, Oxford OX3 7FZ, UK. pault@tropmedres.ac.

Abstract

Melioidosis is an endemic infection in Cambodia, a lower middle income SE Asian country. Despite more laboratories isolating and identifying Burkholderia pseudomallei in recent years, the infection remains under-recognised and under-diagnosed, particularly in the adult population. Lack of knowledge about the disease and lack of utilization of microbiology laboratories contributes to this, along with laboratory capacity issues. Treatment costs often hamper optimal management. In response to these issues, a national one-health training event was held in October 2017 to raise awareness of the disease amongst clinical, laboratory, and public health professionals. The meeting format, findings, and outcomes are described here.

KEYWORDS:

Cambodia; epidemiology; melioidosis

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