Reviewed: July 2017

Glanders is an infectious disease caused by the bacterium Burkholderia mallei. Glanders is primarily a disease affecting horses, but it also affects donkeys, mules, goats, dogs, and cats. Human infection, although not naturally occurring in the United States since the 1940s, has occurred rarely and sporadically among laboratory workers and people handling infected animals including veterinarians, caretakers, and slaughterhouse workers.

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