David Dance from our LOMWRU unit in Laos tells us about his research on bacterial infections in Laos, particularly melioidosis
David Dance is a Clinical Microbiologist supporting the work of LOMWRU (Lao-Oxford-Mahosot Hospital Wellcome Trust Research Unit) on bacterial infections of importance to public health in Laos. He is particularly interested in all aspects of melioidosis (Burkholderia pseudomallei) infection, especially gaining a greater understanding of the global distribution of the disease and the environmental factors that underpin its distribution.
Laos is seing a growing number of melioidosis, a bacterial infection caused by a bacterium that lived in the environment. Meliolidosis is a disease greatly under-recognised and treatment is specific, making it a major threat to farmers in developing countries. A better understanding of the prevalence of this infection and how it spreads allows us to better target prevention and treatment.