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Bacterial Diseases of the Cardiovascular and Lymphatic Systems

Bacterial Diseases of the Cardiovascular and Lymphatic Systems

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Bacterial Diseases of the Cardiovascular and Lymphatic Systems The infectious diseases of the cardiovascular system infect the blood, blood vessels, and heart. In  many cases, the infections remain in these areas, but in others, the infections are spread to  secondary organs. The diseases of the lymphatic system affect the lymph, lymph vessels, lymph  nodes, and lymphoid organs, such as the spleen, tonsils, and thymus. Streptococcal septicemia. Septicemia  is a general expression for microbial infection of the blood  and blood vessels. In previous generations, this condition was known as  blood poisoning.  A  common cause of streptococcal septicemia is the Gram-positive streptococcus named  Streptococcus pyogenes.   This beta-hemolytic streptococcus causes severe fever, malaise, and  dropping blood pressure. Shock may accompany the infection, and antibiotic therapy with penicillin is 
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