Ribotyping and DNA macrorestriction analysis of isolates of Burkholderia pseudomallei from cases of melioidosis in Malaysia.
Vadivelu J., Puthucheary SD., Mifsud A., Drasar BS., Dance DA., Pitt TI.
Forty-nine isolates of Burkholderia pseudomallei from sporadic cases of melioidosis in Malaysia over the past 18 years were examined by BamHI ribotyping and pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) of XbaI digests of total deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA). Twenty-four patients had septicaemic melioidosis with a mortality of 70%; mortality in the non-septicaemic disease was 16%. Five ribotype patterns were identified, 2 of which accounted for 90% of all isolates. PFGE revealed a number of different strains within these ribotypes, but some pairs of isolates from unrelated cases gave closely similar DNA profiles. These results are in agreement with Australian studies which showed a high prevalence of a few ribotypes of B. pseudomallei which are further divisible by genotyping, in areas where melioidosis is endemic.