Deadly bacterial infection cases rise following floods

Experts caution vigilance for people with pre-existing health conditions, who are at higher risk of complications

Ten people have been struck down with the potentially deadly soil-borne disease melioidosis, including a woman who has died from it, after disastrous flooding in North Queensland.

Townsville floods

Townsville public health unit physician Dr Julie Mudd says that while two cases of melioidosis are being cared for in the community, seven remain in Townsville hospital for intensive treatment.

The soil-borne bacterium Burkholderia pseudomallei, which causes melioidosis, has been stirred up by heavily contaminated floodwaters, with authorities