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Burkholderia species

Burkholderia species is a dangerous and highly virulent organism that can cause laboratory-acquired infections. It should NOT be manipulated on an open bench.

Catalase: Both organisms are catalase positive. Catalase testing MUST be performed with extreme caution in a biosafety cabinet (BSC) due to the creation of aerosols.

Oxidase:

  • B. mallei: Oxidase variable
  • B. pseudomallei: Oxidase positive

Indole: Both organisms are indole negative

Motility:

  • B. mallei: Non-motile
  • B. pseudomallei: Motile