Doctors warned of melioidosis spike in wake of Cyclone Jasper

GPs are advised to report suspected cases to their local public health unit.
Rachel Fieldhouse

Health authorities are urging doctors to look out for the potentially deadly soil-borne disease melioidosis following a spike in infections in the wake of recent tropical cyclones and flooding.

Nine cases of melioidosis, including one death, have been reported in Cairns this month after Cyclone Jasper struck the area in December.