Sunday, October 22, 2006

Stenotrophomonas maltophilia

Sup y'all! You can call me S. maltophilia.

Wow, what a tongue-twister my name is, try saying that 4 times fast.
But it wasn't always my name.
I used to be Pseudomonas maltophilia, until I got my own genus.
Sometimes I'm even called Xanthomonas maltophilia.
As for what I am, I'm a non-fermentative Gram negative rod, like my buddy Pseudomonas.

I also like to hang in hospitals and am very resistant to most antibiotics.
My specialities are lower respiratory tract infections in people with cystic fibrosis and septicaemia in some cancer patients.
Septicaemia means I get into their blood and make their whole body sick.

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