Emerging Pathogen

Mucor circinelloides

STRUCTURE AND PHYSIOLOGY Mucor circinelloides is a fungus commonly found in soil and food. M. circinelloides is described to exhibit dimorphism as it is found to grow in either filamentous mycelia or multipolar budding yeasts, depending on its environment. This microorganism reproduces asexually using sporangiophores and thrives in cooler temperatures. TRANSMISSION...

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Stachybotrys chartarum

STRUCTURE AND PHYSIOLOGY Stachybotrys chartarum is a slow-growing but hardy mold that is most often found in cellulose-rich building materials in damp or water-damaged buildings. TRANSMISSION AND DISEASE The spores of Stachybotrys chartarum are only released when the mold is mechanically disturbed, especially when wet. Health problems related to this mold have...

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Staphylococcus haemolyticus

STRUCTURE AND PHYSIOLOGY Staphylococcus haemolyticus is a Gram-positive, coagulase-negative facultative anaerobe. Cells are typically coccus-shaped. Colonies are circular, raised, smooth with smooth margins, and white in color. TRANSMISSION AND DISEASE Staphylococcus haemolyticus is an opportunistic pathogen causing localized or systemic infections. Infections of Staphylococcus haemolyticus are often associated with the insertion of...

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Acinetobacter baumannii

Acinetobacter baumannii

Structure and Phisiology This bacteria is a Gram-negative, rod-shaped aerobe. A. baumannii can be responsible for infections such as pneumonia and septicemia in immunodeficient patients. The natural reservoir of this organism remains to be determined. These are among a class of bacteria that are "naturally transformable" - meaning that the...

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Enterobacter aerogenes

Enterobacter aerogenes

Structure and Physiology This bacteria is Gram-negative, rod-shaped, and radially surrounded by flagellum. It can be found in dairy products, soil, and the gastrointestinal tract of animals. E. aerogenes is closely related to a wide range of other common microorganisms including Escherichia, Klebsiella, Shigella, and Serratia.    Transmission and Disease This bacteria can be involved in...

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