Corynebacterium is the genus name of a large group of bacteria that includes many species. In humans, for the most part, these bacteria are harmless and are normal inhabitants of our skin and intestinal tracts. These types of “normal flora” are important in maintaining our health in that they can contribute to the digestion of food, the absorption of nutrients and they also occupy “human real estate” and deny space and nutrition to potentially harmful invader species of bacteria.
Not all Corynebacterium species are harmless however. The most infamous species is Corynebacterium diphtheriae, the bacteria that causes the now rare disease diphtheria. This is because of the widespread and vital vaccination of children against it with the DPT vaccine. Many Americans have never heard of this devastating and frequently fatal infection of the respiratory tract but it once killed over 10,000 American children a year and further sickened hundreds of thousands!
A handful of the other Corynebacterium species can sicken people who are severely immunocompromised due to other illnesses or due the side effects of medications used to treat other conditions, or due to advanced age. Competent microbiological analysis can easily identify the Corynebacterium species capable of causing human illness.
There are several other Corynebacterium species that can sicken animals particularly goats and sheep. It is possible, though not common, for these species to also infect and sicken humans who work closely with infected animals. There are dedicated animal laboratories that specialize in identifying infections such as these in animals.
While not life-threatening, one species of Corynebacterium, C. striatum, may contribute to offensive human underarm and/or foot odor.
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