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Cindy Shi BIOMI 291 TR 12:20 November 4, 2007 Enteric Report The enteric organism that I isolated was Proteus mirabilis , a motile (known for its swarming ability), rod-shaped, gram-negative, facultatively anaerobic bacterium. P. mirabilis is widely distributed in both soil and water in nature and is found in the gut of humans, but it has a pathological role as well. It is closely related to Proteus vulgaris , both of which can cause urinary tract infections and infections acquired from being hospitalized. This bacterium is able to produce high levels of urease whose high alkalinity can result in the formation of stones of crystals of struvite, calcium carbonate,
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