Fatal bacteria that gets into the CNS via inhalation?Created by:
A recent study has found that a pathogenic bacteria called Burkholderia pseudomallei can enter the brain and spinal cord upon inhalation through the nose via the trigeminal nerve. This bacteria causes a disease called melioidosis, and what struck me was that southeast Asia is among the regions where this bacteria is prevalent. The article also states that about half the population in Southeast Asia may be positive for the bacteria, especially in countries like Cambodia (with a mortality rate as high as 50 %). What’s more, the bacteria can cross the trigeminal nerve and get into the brain within just 24 hours! I shared this info because it struck me as somewhat scary that a bacteria can get into the brain via this route and be fatal so quickly. What is your initial reaction regarding this information? Have any of you encountered such cases in your practice?
Here are the links to the article if you want to give them a read:
News article https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/07/160708081721.htm
Journal abstract http://iai.asm.org/content/early/2016/06/28/IAI.00361-16