Enterobacter Aerogenes

Topics: Bacteria, Urinary tract infection, Pneumonia Pages: 2 (393 words) Published: May 20, 2013
Name one disease/condition that could be caused by your organism, at least two of its symptoms and what treatment is most often utilized (Antibiotics must be named). (Infection does not count, you must be more specific). Diseases can be human or animal. If no disease is found, list and describe one industrial use. Industrial use should include any products it being used to make/produce and if the organism is genetically altered for that use. Your answer to this question should be in complete sentences and more than one paragraph. (10 pts)

Enterobacter Aerogenes is a member of the Enterobacteriaceae family. This family includes E coli, salmonella, shigella and klebsiella. Enterobacter aerogenes primarily causes a nosocomial infection, which passes from one patient to another. Enterobacter aerogenes is a gram-negative (stains pink with the gram stain) bacteria. It is a small, rod-shaped bacteria that grown in smooth, round, white colonies.

Enterobacter aerogenes is a universal bacterium in the environment, isolated naturally in soil, fresh water, vegetables, plants, dairy products, cosmetics, and human and animal feces. Enterobacter aerogenes can cause infections in many parts of the human body. It is often a cause of lower-respiratory infections, including pneumonia. It may also cause urinary tract infections, soft tissue infection, endocarditis, septic arthritis, and infections of the skin and underlying tissues. It may also cause wound infections. If the bacteria reach the blood it can lead to sepsis. Enterobacter aerogenes is commonly a hospital-acquired infection, especially of patients in the intensive-care unit or on mechanical ventilators. Other risk factors for infection include prior antibiotic, IVs or central lines, and burns. Enterobacter aerogenes more frequently affects newborns and the elderly. It typically does not occur in people who are otherwise healthy with opportunistic pathogen. It can be picked up by patients who are hospitalized,...
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