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.
- B. mallei: Oxidase variable
- B. pseudomallei: Oxidase positive
Indole: Both organisms are indole negative
- B. mallei: Non-motile
- B. pseudomallei: Motile