Burkholderia mallei is a topic covered in the Johns Hopkins Antibiotic (ABX) Guide.

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  • Aerobic small slender gram-negative rod causes disease known as glanders in animals (especially horses) and rarely humans.
  • Hard to see on Gram-stain. Grows slowly, best with glycerol. If suspected, warn lab since it can pose a lab hazard.
  • May be erroneously identified as Pseudomonas sp. by standard microbiologic testing.

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Last updated: September 26, 2012