- Project No 1115
- Project Name The occurrence of burkholderia pseudomallei in water treatment plants of the Cairns region
- Lead Organisation Cairns Regional Council
- Research Lead Charles Darwin University
- Main Researcher Mirjam Kaestli
- Completion Year 2019
Burkholderia pseudomallei is a bacteria that is widespread in SE Asia and northern Australia, where there are an average of 16 cases per 100,000 people. This research found that water samples collected in and around Cairns from June to September did NOT contain Burkholderia pseudomallei and led to the conclusion that the risk of infection is much lower than in Darwin or Townsville.