Pathogen Project Pathogens Streptococcus pneumoniae

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Causative agent: Streptococcus pneumoniae Category: Bacteria Kingdom: Bacteria Phyllum: Firmicutes Class: Bacilli Order: Lactobacillales Family: Streptococcaceae Genus: Streptococcus Species: pneumoniae Disease: Most common cause of lobar pneumonia; it also causes serious forms of meningitis, speticemia, empyema, and peritonitis, conjunctivitis, enocarditis, periodontitis, septic arthritis, osteomyelitis, otitis media, and rarely, Urinary tract infections (UTI's). About 40K peaple die every year of pneumococcal disease in the U.S. More than any other vaccine preventable illness. Virulence may be based on the carrier's resistance, which can be lowered by stress. Gram Stain of a film of sputum from a case of lobar pneumonia Gram positive, facultatively aerobic cocci occurring in pairs or chains. Cells are oval or spherical, non- motile, possessing a capsule that makes the pathogen resistant to phagocytosis. Non sporeforming.
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This note was uploaded on 05/11/2011 for the course BIO 31 taught by Professor Silva during the Spring '11 term at Reedley.

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