Bacteria Explorer

K. pneumoniae

Klebsiella pneumoniae is the specific name of a bacterium that is capable of causing serious illness, especially pneumonia, as the name suggests, in susceptible people.  Klebsiella bacteria are found in several areas of the human body, especially in the intestinal tract, where they do not cause disease, but when circumstances allow, they can be very …

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Escherichia Basics Escherichia is the genus name of a group of bacteria that contains at least 7 different species, although by far the most well-known and well-studied is clearly Escherichia coli (E. coli).  Because E. coli is so common in the environment and in humans, as well as in other animals and because it is …

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Enterococcus is the genus name of a group of bacteria that contains about 20 different species that have been implicated in human disease at some point.  However, the overwhelming majority of such infections result from Enterococcus faecalis (E. faecalis) with most all of the remaining infections being accounted for by Enterococcus faecium (E. faecium).  The …

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Enterobacter Species

Enterobacter Basics Enterobacter is the genus name of a group of bacteria consisting of between 12 and 14 species that are known to potentially cause disease in humans, although other Enterobacter species (sp) certainly exist in the environment without causing any known infections in any other organism.  Enterobacter species are generally members of what is …

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Extended Spectrum Beta-Lactamase Resistant (ESBLR) Enterobacteriaceae

This is a fairly technical and complex issue but we will do our best to make it accessible and comprehensible to the average person.  It is best approached by breaking down the components of the issue into their respective parts. Enterobacteriaceae Basics To start with, the Enterobacteriaceae is the scientific name for a large family …

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Campylobacter is a genus of bacteria which contains numerous species, at least 7 of which have been shown to infect and cause disease in humans.  These bacteria may also infect animals such as cattle, sheep, pigs, birds, and domestic pets such as cats and dogs.  Unlike many bacteria, and indeed most of the bacteria found …

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Burkholderia cepacia

Burkholderia cepacia is the name of a specific bacterium in the genus Burkholderia.  It is most common to refer to a group of related bacteria in this genus as Burkholderia complex instead of referring to individual species outside of diagnostic, research or infection control environments.  There are about 17 species that make up the complex …

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