Streptococcus pyogenes was the bacteria that used to be the cause of numerous cases of human sicknesses and deaths. As our technology evolved and advanced, our perspective and understanding of this bacteria grew to a point that it is no longer a huge threat. The once blurry details became so clear that it came to the point of which we can identify, locate, and treat the bug accurately. After those many years of dedication and research, we finally saw exactly how the bacteria came about, entered our bodies, infected our cells, and tricked our immune system to attack itself. We also found out specific details on how the bacteria reproduce, survive in the wild, spread from host to host, and what drugs it was and is susceptible to.
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Pseudomonas aeruginosa is one of the most common hospital associated pathogens found around the world that accounts for a large spectrum of infections. Being an opportunistic bacterium, P. aeruginosa is rarely a cause of concern in most individuals, however in the vulnerable, it can bring about life threatening illnesses. These infections are often difficult to cure as a result of this pathogens phenomenal intrinsic resistance as well as its ability to acquire resistance easily to many antibiotics. The ineffectiveness of such antibiotics in addition to the lack of novel antibiotics makes P. aeruginosa a grave threat worldwide [Maitrayee].
Tortora, Gerard J., and Berdell R. Funke. "Microbial Diseases of the Respiratory System." Microbiology: an introduction. 10th ed. San Francisco, CA: Pearson Benjamin Cummings, 2010. . Print.
In the documentary, Hunting the Nightmare Bacteria, reporter David Hoffman investigates this new untreatable infection along two individuals and a bacterial virus within a hospital. The first individual Hoffman investigates is Addie Rerecich of Arizona, she was treated for a staph infection with antibiotics, but other complications arise. Addie had a lung transplant, she was given several different antibiotics, but her body became pan-bacteria, non-resistance to the bacteria. Addie’s life was on the edge, she had to be on life support, and finally she received new lungs. The transplant helped Addie but it would take years before could go back to normal before the infection. The second individual is David Ricci; he had his leg amputated in India after a train accident. The antibiotic treatment he received became toxic to his body increasing problems. While in India, he underwent surgery almost every day because of infections he was developing. Back in Seattle, doctors found the NDM-1 resistance gene in his body; NDM-1 gene is resistance to almost all antib...