A Report from the Cambodia Training Event for Awareness of Melioidosis (C-TEAM), October 2017.
Bory S., Daily F., Khim G., Letchford J., Sok S., Kol H., Seang Lak M., Tuseo L., Vibol C., Oeng S., Turner P.
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.