This article is part of HuffPost’s Project Zero campaign, a yearlong series on neglected tropical illness and efforts to fight them.
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Rostam Ramili was a battle-hardened cameraman who had cheated fatality in Iraq and walked amongst the wreckings of quake-ravaged Nepal. He could not have maybe believed his purpose would come from filming a cookery program in his own country of Malaysia.
“War assignments were his favourite. He was never afraid, ” said his widow, Diyana Kamalludden, sitting in front of their wedding photo in a middle-class, residential area of the capital, Kuala Lumpur.
While on his domestic cooking assigning last May, Ramili helped colleagues to pull a root out of the ground. Perhaps it was through a scratch on his hand or maybe he inhaled some particles of earth, but somehow the bacteria that makes melioidosis, also known as Whitmore’s disease, invaded the 40 -year-old cameraman’s body.