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By Rodney P. Anderson

"Outbreak: situations in Real-World Microbiology is an interesting new textbook aimed toward introductory microbiology teachers and scholars. Generously illustrated with colour images, the publication integrates headline-making sickness outbreaks into the microbiology coursework and is the 1st paintings of its variety to make use of fabric that at once affects college-age scholars. precise in its presentation, Outbreak is designed to Read more...

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Do you think the investigators should have controlled for cuts and abrasions in this athletic population? 6. Do you consider this a biofilm-related outbreak? CONCEPTS IN BASIC MICROBIOLOGY ■ 13 557026_Section_I_Anderson 4/13/06 9:03 AM O U T B R E A K 6 Human Anthrax Linked to an Outbreak in Livestock NORTH DAKOTA, 2000 Page 14 In May 2000, four cattle were found dead on a North Dakota farm. From 6 July through 24 September 2000, 157 animals died on 31 farms on which 62 persons were involved with animal care, vaccination, specimen processing, or carcass disposal.

Mode of transmission Horizontal: Direct contact as an STD. The pathogen is sensitive to drying and temperature changes and requires direct intimate contact. Vertical: Newborn infants can develop conjunctivitis that may lead to blindness after being exposed to N. gonorrhoeae during birth. Pathogenesis Entry Sexual contact is the means of entry. Attachment Adhesins on bacterial fimbriae attach to tissues of the reproductive tract, the oral cavity, the conjunctiva of the eye, and the rectum. Although in women the cervix is usually the initial site of infection, the pathogen can be carried on sperm cells and spread to and infect the uterus and fallopian tubes.

Pathogenesis Entry Sexual contact is the means of entry. Attachment Adhesins on bacterial fimbriae attach to tissues of the reproductive tract, the oral cavity, the conjunctiva of the eye, and the rectum. Although in women the cervix is usually the initial site of infection, the pathogen can be carried on sperm cells and spread to and infect the uterus and fallopian tubes. Avoiding host defenses Attachment prevents the bacteria from being washed away by urine or vaginal discharges. In addition, the pathogen produces immunoglobulin A protease, which degrades the antibodies associated with mucosal immunity.

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