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Bacterium That Can Cause Fatal Illness Found in the U.S. for the First Time

by Dr. Jonathan Doyle - Updated July 28, 2022
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a type of bacterium that can cause deadly disease has been found in contaminated soil and water in the United States for the very first time.
The bacterium, Burkholderia pseudomallei, can cause melioidosis in humans and other animals. Every year, there are a few cases are discovered in America, usually among people who had international trips. The disease has been proven fatal in half of the cases around the world.

What Is Burkholderia Pseudomallei?

Burkholderia pseudomallei is also known as Pseudomonas pseudomallei. It is an aerobic and motile rod-shaped bacterium. The bacterium is found in tropical and subtropical regions worldwide. Recently, the CDC announced that it was found in soil and water samples along the Gulf Coast of Mississippi.
Burkholderia pseudomallei is mainly a soil-dwelling bacteria, but it can also survive in water in a specific environment. It is capable of infecting both humans and other animals, including livestock such as pigs, sheep, and goats. Besides, it can infect plants in a laboratory setting.

Melioidosis Explained

The illness caused by Burkholderia pseudomallei is called melioidosis. The symptoms of this disease can be vague, including fever, cough and chest pain. Melioidosis may lead to disorientation, pneumonialike illness and seizures in severe cases.

Methods to Remove Bacteria from Water

Bacteria can be removed from drinking water through UV disinfection, chlorine and ozonation.

UV Disinfection Systems

UV light has been proven to eliminate many microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses, and some harmful pathogens that cannot be eliminated by chlorine. UV disinfection water treatment systems are commonly adopted by private well owners.


Chlorine is widely used to remove Bacteria from public water supplies. Even though it is quite effective in killing bacteria, the results are not 100%. Besides, chlorine knocks out hydrogen sulfide, manganese, and iron, resulting in an unfriendly taste in drinking water.


Ozone water treatment is effective over a wide pH range and can rapidly react with Bacteria, viruses and metals. The whole process starts with the creation of ozone in an ozone generator. And then the ozone is injected into water and starts oxidizing and eliminating contaminants.

Reverse Osmosis System

If viruses present in the water from your kitchen faucet, they may enter your body through your mouth. To get a sufficient amount of safe and clean water, many families have installed water filters. The installation of traditional water filters is limited by the environment. Moreover, traditional filters perform inefficiently and are places where bacteria can easily breed. Therefore, a reverse osmosis water filtration system is a right choice.

Waterdrop 800GPD RO System with UV Sterilizing Light

The Waterdrop 800GPD RO system is the upgraded version of the Waterdrop G3. It is more equipped to meet the healthy water needs of large households and small businesses. The inbuilt water-saving technology also helps save 12x more water.

Better Filtration and Improved Materials

The machine has a 3-stage filter setup, which combines with a water scale inhibitor to remove impurities. There is also an improved 7-layer RO membrane system that effectively reduces chlorine, heavy metals, and other contaminants in the source water.

Modern and Safer LED UV Sterilizer

This reverse osmosis system is equipped with an advanced LED chip that ensures a 99.9% removal rate of viruses and bacteria found in your tap water. Instead, it turns on when water passes and goes off when there is no passage. This helps to save more energy.

Energy-Efficient, Low-Drain Ratio

This RO system adopts advanced water dispensing technology, saving 12 times more water than traditional RO system. It uses up just a cup of wastewater for every three cups of filtered water produced. Therefore, you can contribute to keeping the earth safe and healthier while keeping your water bill low.

Faster Flow and Extended Filtration Capacity

This water filter system comes with an ultra-large filtration capacity of 800 gallons per day. You can rest assured it will meet the needs of even big households and small businesses. It takes just 6 seconds to fill a cup with water, thus you can get safe and clean water without waiting.

Small-Sized, Easy to Install

The compact size of this undersink tankless RO system means it requires only a little space. You are not sacrificing your entire under-sink space to install this water filter. What’s more, you can easily install the system and replace its components on your own.


You and your family are better off with healthy water for drinking. Investing in the right water treatment system is of great significance. The RO system can efficiently remove most contaminants in tap water.