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Thu, Jan 14

Distilled danger

Melioidosis is a disease that strikes fear in those who’ve heard of it.

Doctors in Southeast Asia and Northern Australia know it as a stubborn, potentially deadly infection that causes pneumonia, abscesses and, in the most severe cases, organ failure. Without treatment, it can kill within 48 hours. Military officials worry it could be converted into an agent of terror.

Get the full story from NPR.