Microbiology 3302 Spring 2013 – Getting Friendly with Bacteria

Hello my name is Salmonella typhimurium and I want to take this time out to introduce myself. I am a pathogenic gram-negative bacteria, facultatively anaerobic and of the family enterobacteriacea. I am made up of nonspore-forming rods, usually motile with peritrichous flagella and i can mostly be found living in the intestinal tracks of humans and animals. I am not only a member but I am one the most important part of my family. I am most often transmitted to humans through contaminated food and water.  I have been known to be one of the leading causes of gastroenteritis.

You still don’t know who i am? Well i don’t like to brag, but i am responsible for causing fevers, nausea, vomiting and severe abdominal cramps and diarrhea. From time to time, I sometimes claim the lives of some humans and animals.¬†I am not a lazy person. I work very hard to make a name for myself and to earn the reputation that¬†I have today.¬†I have to admit that i sometimes like to take a break and not work as hard. The only days when my work seems easy is when¬†I have to cover for my co-workers and go to the dapartments “very young children”, “very old” , and in “compromised immune systems.”¬†Too bad my work is not always¬†easy. An¬†average day of work¬†me last anywhere from 6¬†to 48 hours. I¬†sometimes try to work a little overtime to earn some extra cash. When i work overtime,¬†I have to¬†move from the “intestine” department to the “blood stream” department. From the blood stream¬†dept,¬†i sometimes have to do my last rounds “Systemically.” Shhhh! don’t tell my friends but i sometimes¬†get lost and end up in other departments¬†a.k.a “body systems.”

Unfortunately, everytime it try to move up in my company, or when i try to win employee of the month,¬†that annoying person named Antibiotics comes in my way. Don’t worry, one day i will definitely defeat him. My¬†genus is¬†¬†Salmonella and Enterobacteriacea is apart of my family.¬†Some of my friends include E.Coli and K.pnuemonia.








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