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1 Aerobic Gram-Negative Nonenteric Bacilli
Large, diverse group of non-spore-forming bacteria Wide range of habitats – large intestines (enteric), zoonotic, respiratory, soil, water Most are not medically important; some are true pathogens, some are opportunists


3 Aerobic Gram-Negative Nonenteric Bacilli
Pseudomonas and Burkholderia – an opportunistic pathogen Brucella and Francisella – zoonotic pathogens Bordetella and Legionella – mainly human pathogens

4 Pseudomonas: The Pseudomonads
Small gram-negative rods with a single polar flagellum Free living Primarily in soil, sea water, and fresh water; also colonize plants and animals Important decomposers and bioremediators Frequent contaminants in homes and clinical settings Aerobic; do not ferment carbohydrates Produce oxidase and catalase Many produce water soluble pigments

5 Pseudomonas aeruginosa

6 Pseudomonas Aeruginosa
Common inhabitant of soil and water Intestinal resident in 10% normal people Resistant to soaps, dyes, quaternary ammonium disinfectants, drugs, drying Frequent contaminant of ventilators, IV solutions, anesthesia equipment Opportunistic pathogen

7 Skin rash from Pseudomonas

8 Pseudomonas Aeruginosa
Common cause of nosocomial infections in hosts with burns, neoplastic disease, cystic fibrosis Complications include pneumonia, UTI, abscesses, otitis, and corneal disease Endocarditis, meningitis, bronchopneumonia Grapelike odor Greenish-blue pigment (pyocyanin) Multidrug resistant Cephalosporins, aminoglycosides, carbenicillin, polymixin, quinolones, and monobactams

9 Pseudomonas (left) and Staphylococcus (right)

10 Related Gram-Negative Aerobic Rods
Genera Burkholderia, Acinetobacter, Stenotrophomonas Similar to pseudomonads Wide variety of habitats in soil, water, and related environments Obligate aerobes; do not ferment sugars Motile, oxidase positive Opportunistic

11 Burkholderia Burkholderia cepacia – active in biodegradation of a variety of substances; opportunistic agent in respiratory tract, urinary tract, and occasionally skin infections; drug resistant B. pseudomallei – generally acquired through penetrating injury or inhalation from environmental reservoir; wound infections, bronchitis and pneumonia, septicemia

12 Acinetobacter and Stenotrophomonas
Acinetobacter baumanii – nosocomial and community acquired infections; wounds, lungs, urinary tract, burns, blood; extremely resistant – treatment with combination antimicrobials Stenotrophomonas maltophilia – forms biofilms; contaminant of disinfectants dialysis equipment, respiratory equipment, water dispensers, and catheters; clinical isolate in respiratory soft tissue, blood, CSF; high resistance to multidrugs

13 Brucella and Brucellosis
Tiny gram-negative coccobacilli 2 species: Brucella abortus (cattle) Brucella suis (pigs) Brucellosis, malta fever, undulant fever, and Bang disease – a zoonosis transmitted to humans from infected animals Fluctuating pattern of fever – weeks to a year Combination of tetracycline and rifampin or streptomycin Animal vaccine available Potential bioweapon

14 Agglutination titer test for brucellosis

15 Francisella Tularensis and Tularemia
Causes tularemia, a zoonotic disease of mammals endemic to the northern hemisphere, particularly rabbits Transmitted by contact with infected animals, water and dust or bites by vectors Headache, backache, fever, chills, malaise, and weakness 10% death rate in systemic and pulmonic forms Intracellular persistence can lead to relapse Gentamicin or tetracycline Attenuated vaccine Potential bioterrorism agent

16 Bordetella Pertussis Minute, encapsulated coccobacillus
Causes pertussis or whooping cough, a communicable childhood affliction Acute respiratory syndrome Often severe, life-threatening complications in babies Reservoir – apparently healthy carriers Transmission by direct contact or inhalation of aerosols

17 Bordetella Pertussis Virulence factors
Receptors that recognize and bind to ciliated respiratory epithelial cells Toxins that destroy and dislodge ciliated cells Loss of ciliary mechanism leads to buildup of mucus and blockage of the airways Vaccine – DTaP – acellular vaccine contains toxoid and other Ags

18 Prevalence of pertussis in the United States

19 Alcaligenes Live primarily in soil and water May become normal flora
A. faecalis – most common clinical species Isolated from feces, sputum, and urine Occasionally associated with opportunistic infections – pneumonia, septicemia, and meningitis

20 Legionella Pneumophila and Legionellosis
Widely distributed in water Live in close association with amoebas 1976 epidemic of pneumonia afflicted 200 American Legion members attending a convention in Philadelphia and killed 29 Legionnaires disease and Pontiac fever Prevalent in males over 50 Nosocomial disease in elderly patients Fever, cough, diarrhea, abdominal pain, pneumonia fatality rate of 3-30% Azithromycin

21 Appearance of Legionella pneumophila

22 Enterobacteriaceae Family
Enterics Large family of small, non-spore-forming gram-negative rods Many members inhabit soil, water, decaying matter, and are common occupants of large bowel of animals including humans Most frequent cause of diarrhea through enterotoxins Enterics, along with Pseudomonas sp., account for almost 50% of nosocomial infections

23 Bacteria that account for the majority of hospital infections

24 Facultative anaerobes, grow best with O2
All ferment glucose, reduce nitrates to nitrites, oxidase negative, and catalase positive Divided into coliforms (lactose fermenters) and non-coliforms (non-lactose fermenters) Enrichment, selective and differential media utilized for screening samples for pathogens

25 Biochemical traits for separating enteric genera

26 Isolation media for enterics

27 Antigenic Structures and Virulence Factors
Complex surface antigens contribute to pathogenicity and trigger immune response: H – flagellar Ag K – capsule and/or fimbrial Ag O – somatic or cell wall Ag – all have Endotoxin Exotoxins

28 Antigenic structures in gram-negative enteric rods

29 Escherichia Coli: The Most Prevalent Enteric Bacillus
Most common aerobic and non-fastidious bacterium in gut 150 strains Some have developed virulence through plasmid transfer, others are opportunists

30 Pathogenic Strains of E. Coli
Enterotoxigenic E. coli causes severe diarrhea due to heat-labile toxin and heat-stable toxin – stimulate secretion and fluid loss; also has fimbriae Enteroinvasive E. coli causes inflammatory disease of the large intestine Enteropathogenic E. coli linked to wasting form infantile diarrhea Enterohemorrhagic E. coli, O157:H7 strain, causes hemorrhagic syndrome and kidney damage

31 Escherichia coli Pathogenic strains frequent agents of infantile diarrhea – greatest cause of mortality among babies Causes ~70% of traveler’s diarrhea Causes 50-80% UTI Coliform count – indicator of fecal contamination in water

32 Rapid identification of E. coli O157:H7

33 Other Coliforms Clinically important mainly as opportunists
Klebsiella pneumoniae – normal inhabitant of respiratory tract, has large capsule, cause of nosocomial pneumonia, meningitis, bacteremia, wound infections, and UTIs Enterobacter sp. – UTIs, surgical wounds Citrobacter sp. – opportunistic UTIs and bacteremia Serratia marcescens – produces a red pigment; causes pneumonia, burn and wound infections, septicemia and meningitis

34 A capsule stain of Klebsiella pneumoniae

35 Serratia marcescens

36 Noncoliform Lactose-Negative Enterics
Proteus, Morganella, Providencia Salmonella and Shigella

37 Opportunists: Proteus and Its Relatives
Proteus, Morganella, Providencia – ordinarily harmless saprobes in soil, manure, sewage, polluted water, commensals of humans and animals Proteus sp. – swarm on surface of moist agar in a concentric pattern Involved in UTI, wound infections, pneumonia, septicemia, and infant diarrhea Morganella morganii and Providencia sp. involved in similar infections All demonstrate resistance to several antimicrobials

38 Wavelike, swarming pattern of Proteus vulgaris

39 Salmonella and Shigella
Well-developed virulence factors, primary pathogens, not normal human flora Salmonelloses and Shigelloses Some gastrointestinal involvement and diarrhea but often affect other systems

40 Typhoid Fever and Other Salmonelloses
Salmonella typhi – most serious pathogen of the genus; cause of typhoid fever; human host S. cholerae-suis – zoonosis of swine S. enteritidis – includes 1,700 different serotypes based on variation on O, H, and Vi Flagellated; survive outside the host Resistant to chemicals – bile and dyes

41 Typhoid Fever Bacillus enters with ingestion of fecally contaminated food or water; occasionally spread by close personal contact; ID 1,000-10,000 cells Asymptomatic carriers; some chronic carriers shed bacilli from gallbladder Bacilli adhere to small intestine, cause invasive diarrhea that leads to septicemia Treat chronic infections with chloramphenicol or sulfatrimethoprim 2 vaccines for temporary protection

42 Prevalence of salmonelloses

43 The phases of typhoid fever

44 Animal Salmonelloses Salmonelloses other than typhoid fever are called enteric fevers, Salmonella food poisoning, and gastroenteritis Usually less severe than typhoid fever but more prevalent Caused by one of many serotypes of Salmonella enteritidis; all zoonotic in origin but humans can become carriers Cattle, poultry, rodents, reptiles, animal, and dairy products Fomites contaminated with animal intestinal flora

45 Shigella and Bacillary Dysentery
Shigellosis – incapacitating dysentery S. dysenteriae, S. sonnei, S. flexneri, and S. boydii Human parasites Invades villus of large intestine, does not perforate intestine or invade blood Enters Peyer’s patches instigate inflammatory response; endotoxin and exotoxins Treatment – fluid replacement and ciprofloxacin and sulfatrimethoprim

46 The appearance of the large intestinal mucosa in Shigella

47 The Enteric Yersinia Pathogens
Yersinia enterocolitica – domestic and wild animals, fish, fruits, vegetables, and water Bacteria enter small intestinal mucosa, some enter lymphatic and survive in phagocytes; inflammation of ileum can mimic appendicitis Y. pseudotuberculosis – infection similar to Y. enterocolitica, more lymph node inflammation

48 Nonenteric Yersinia Pestis - the Plague
Tiny, gram-negative rod, unusual bipolar staining and capsules Virulence factors – capsular and envelope proteins protect against phagocytosis and foster intracellular growth Coagulase, endotoxin, murine toxin

49 Gram-stain of Yersinia pestis

50 Yersinia Pestis Humans develop plague through contact with wild animals (sylvatic plague) or domestic or semidomestic animals (urban plague) or infected humans Found in 200 species of mammals – rodents, without causing disease Flea vectors – bacteria replicates in gut, coagulase causes blood clotting that blocks the esophagus; flea becomes ravenous

51 Infection cycle of Yersinia pestis

52 Pathology of Plague ID 3-50 bacilli
Bubonic – bacillus multiplies in flea bite, enters lymph, causes necrosis and swelling called a bubo in groin or axilla Septicemic – progression to massive bacterial growth; virulence factors cause intravascular coagulation subcutaneous hemorrhage and purpura – black plague Pneumonic – infection localized to lungs, highly contagious; fatal without treatment

53 The bubo, classic sign of bubonic plague

54 Diagnosis depends on history, symptoms, and lab findings from aspiration of buboes
Treatment: streptomycin, tetracycline, or chloramphenicol Killed or attenuated vaccine available Prevention by quarantine and control of rodent population in human habitats

55 Oxidase-Positive Nonenteric Pathogens
Pasteurella multocida Haemophilus influenzae H. aegyptius H. ducreyi H. parainfluenzae H. aphrophilus

56 Pasteurella Multocida
Zoonotic genus; normal flora in animals Opportunistic infections Animal bites or scratches cause local abscess that can spread to joints, bones, and lymph nodes Immunocompromised are at risk for septicemia and complications Treatment: penicillin and tetracycline

57 Haemophilus Tiny gram-negative pleomorphic rods
Fastidious, sensitive to drying, temperature extremes, and disinfectants None can grow on blood agar without special techniques – chocolate agar Require hemin, NAD, or NADP Some species are normal colonists of upper respiratory tract or vagina (H. parainfluenzae, H. ducreyi) Others are virulent species responsible for childhood meningitis, and chancroid

58 Haemophilus H. influenzae – acute bacterial meningitis, epiglottitis, otitis media, sinusitis, pneumonia, and bronchitis Subunit vaccine Hib H. aegyptius – conjunctivitis, pink eye H. ducreyi – chancroid STD H. parainfluenzae and H. aphrophilus – normal oral and nasopharyngeal flora; infective endocarditis

59 Meningitis in the United States

60 Acute conjunctivitis

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