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Diphtheria

Diphtheria

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Published by: al yves roman on Jun 14, 2010
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DiphtheriaDiphtheriaisisaalifelife--threateningthreateningdisordedisorder  causedcausedbybyaahighlyhighlycontagiouscontagious bacterialbacterialinfection,infection,thethe CorynebacteriumCorynebacteriumdiphtheriaediphtheriae,,anan anerobicanerobicgramgram++bacteriumbacterium..ItItprimarilyprimarily affectsaffectsthetheuppeupperrespiratoryrespiratorytracttractandand evenevenspreadspreadtotothetheheartheartandandthethe peripheriesperipherieswhenwhenthethediseasediseaseprogressprogress..
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Corynebacteria areCorynebacteria areGramGram--positive, aerobic,positive, aerobic, nonmotile, rodnonmotile, rod--shapedshaped bacteria classifiedbacteria classifiedasasActinobacteria. Actinobacteria.related phylogeneticallyrelated phylogenetically to mycobacteria and to mycobacteria andactinomycetes.actinomycetes.They undergo snapping  They undergo snapping movements just aftermovements just aftercell division, whichcell division, whichbrings them intobrings them intocharacteristic formscharacteristic formsresembling Chineseresembling Chineseletters or palisades.letters or palisades.

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