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OBJECTIVE: There are limited sources describing the global burden of emerging diseases. A review of human melioidosis reported by ProMED was performed and the reliability of the data retrieved assessed in comparison to published reports. The effectiveness of ProMED was evaluated as a source of epidemiological data by focusing on melioidosis. METHODS: Using the keyword 'melioidosis' in the ProMED search engine, all of the information from the reports and collected data was reviewed using a structured form, including the year, country, gender, occupation, number of infected individuals, and number of fatal cases. RESULTS: One hundred and twenty-four entries reported between January 1995 and October 2014 were identified. A total of 4630 cases were reported, with death reported in 505 cases, suggesting a misleadingly low overall case fatality rate (CFR) of 11%. Of 20 cases for which the gender was reported, 12 (60%) were male. Most of the cases were reported from Australia, Thailand, Singapore, Vietnam, and Malaysia, with sporadic reports from other countries. CONCLUSIONS: Internet-based reporting systems such as ProMED are useful to gather information and synthesize knowledge on emerging infections. Although certain areas need to be improved, ProMED provided good information about melioidosis.

Original publication

DOI

10.1016/j.ijid.2015.05.009

Type

Journal article

Journal

Int J Infect Dis

Publication Date

06/2015

Volume

35

Pages

103 - 106

Keywords

Epidemiology, Melioidosis, ProMED, Adolescent, Adult, Aged, Aged, 80 and over, Australia, Epidemiological Monitoring, Female, Humans, Internet, Malaysia, Male, Melioidosis, Middle Aged, Reproducibility of Results, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Young Adult