Dr David AB Dance

Dr David AB Dance

Podcast interview

Bacterial infections in Laos

Laos is seing a growing number of melioidosis, a bacterial infection caused by a bacterium that lived in the environment. Meliolidosis is a disease greatly under-recognised and treatment is specific, making it a major threat to farmers in developing countries. A better understanding of the prevalence of this infection and how it spreads allows us to better target prevention and treatment.

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David Dance

Clinical Microbiologist


David Dance is a Clinical Microbiologist supporting the work of LOMWRU (Lao-Oxford-Mahosot Hospital Wellcome Research Unit) on bacterial infections of importance to public health in Laos.

He is particularly interested in all aspects of melioidosis (Burkholderia pseudomallei infection), especially gaining a greater understanding of the global distribution of the disease and the environmental factors that underpin its distribution.

Other interests include:

  • aetiology of bacteraemia, pneumonia, meningitis and endocarditis
  • antimicrobial resistance
  • typhoid and other Salmonella and Shigella infections
  • streptococcal infections, including pneumococci, Strep. suis and and Group A streptococci.
Worldwide distribution of melioidosis, Trans R Soc Trop Med Hyg 2008
B. pseudomallei growing on Ashdown's agar
Rice farmers in Thailand - a group at risk of melioidosis


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