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Live well and take care: protect yourself from a melioidosis infection

Posted on: 3 April, 2017
Issue: Vol 17 No 2, April 2017 – June 2017
Related to Physical environment Diabetes Kidney health Remote Northern Territory

Menzies School of Health Research (2017)
Live well and take care: protect yourself from a melioidosis infection
Darwin, NT: Menzies School of Health Research

This video aims to raise awareness of melioidosis infection which can occur during the wet season in the Top End (Northern Territory).

The infection is particularly serious for people who have diabetes and kidney disease. The infection originates in muddy conditions and can get into the body through cuts in the skin. To avoid this infection the following tips are outlined in the video:

  • check skin, cover sores and cuts and seek medical help if necessary
  • wear shoes and gloves and try to stay out of muddy water
  • stay out of strong sideways rain so that the bacteria is not breathed in through the nose into the lungs
  • protect your living space (house) and seek support if this is not possible.

This video is part one of two on the melioidosis infection. The second video discusses melioidosis and haemodialysis.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract