Melioidosis (Whitmore's Disease)
Melioidosis is caused by a germ that often stays in dirt and water. This disease is most often found in tropical areas. You may have a sore on your skin or a scrape. If the sore comes in contact with dirt or water that is contaminated, you may get this illness. You may also breathe in or swallow water with the germ in it. Very rarely is this illness spread from one person to another.