12:00pm - 1:00pm EDT
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Event Description

Melioidosis is an infectious disease caused by the bacteria Burkholderia pseudomallei. In 2021, an intraoperative periaortic swab sample was confirmed positive for a Burkholderia species, and three of the thirty clinical staff-identified exposures were confirmed laboratory-acquired exposures. With the increased presence of B. pseudomallei and Melioidosis cases, laboratory workers are at an increased risk of exposure. This presentation will explain the role of laboratory professionals in detecting B. pseudomallei in clinical specimens and how to plan for possible exposure cases.

Event Objectives

  • Identify educational and other resources available through the OneLab Network.
  • Identify the growth characteristics of Burkholderia pseudomallei.
  • Discuss standardized laboratory tests used to isolate and identify Burkholderia pseudomallei. 
  • Recognize the challenges of identifying Burkholderia pseudomallei
  • Define high-risk versus low-risk exposure and the frequency of laboratory-acquired melioidosis. 
  • Explain the indication for post-exposure prophylaxis, and its efficacy.

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1 Hour

Event Speakers


Lisa Speiser, D.O.

Infectious Disease Physician, Mayo Clinic


Erin Graf, Ph.D., D(ABMM)

Director, Clinical Microbiology

Associate Professor, Mayo Clinic