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Pathogen Project Pathogens Neisseria gonorrhoeae

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Scanning Electron Micrograph Causative agent: Neisseria gonorrhoeae Category: STD Kingdom: Bacteria Phylum: Proteobacteria Class: Beta Proteobacteria Order: Neisseriales Family: Neisseriaceae Genus: Neisseria Species: gonorrhoeae This species, commonly known as the gonococcus, is the etiological agent of gonorrhea, one of the most prevalent venereal diseases. Disease: Neisseria gonorrhoeae is the causative agent of the sexually-transmitted disease (STD) gonorrhea, and is second only to chlamydia infection in the number of cases reported. The incidence of gonorrhea is highest in people under 25 who have multiple sex partners and engage in unprotected sexual intercourse. Can be passed from mothers to newborns during childbirth, appearing as Opthalmia neonatorum, a conjunctivitis. Infections can disseminate into the blood, causing skin eruptions; to the heart, causing endocarditis; and to the joints of the arms and legs, resulting in gonococcal arthritis.
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