Monday, January 29, 2007

Corynebacterium urealyricum

Hello there.
You can call me C. urealyricum.
I'm a Gram Positive rod shaped bacteria.
My shape is irregular and I can't make endospores.

I can cause urinary tract infections by breaking a chemical called urea into little bits.
Ammonia crystals get left over and get stuck in your kidneys.
I am also very good at giving you kidneys stones.

Friday, January 26, 2007

Corynebacterium jeikeium

I'm C. jeikeium.
I'm a Gram Positive rod.
I can't make spores and I have an irregular shape.

I live on your skin.
When I get into prosthetics or metal pieces I set up shop and have a party.
I also cause septicaemia and endocarditis.
I got my name because I was part of a group of bacteria called "JK".

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Corynebacterium diphtheriae

My name is C. diphtheriae.
I'm a Gram Positive rod bacteria that can't form any spores.
I have an irregular shape.
I used to live in lots of places
Now I mostly live where people don't have vaccines for me.

I get into your throat and airway and make them swell up.
The swelling forms a covering, so you can't breath.
I give off toxins that hurt your heart and nerves.

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Listeria monocytogenes

Why, hello hello.
I'm known as L. monocytogenes.
I'm a Gram Positive rod bacteria that can't form any spores.
I live in many meats, vegetables and dairy products.
My favourite foods are fancy soft cheeses, pate, coleslaw and sliced meats.

I am especially dangerous for babies, the elderly and those without a good immune system.
In these people I cause listeriosis, made up of bacteraemia and meningitis.

In pregnant women I cause granulomatosis infantiseptica.
The fetus becomes infected and sometimes dies.

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Lactobacillus acidophilus

My name is L. acidophilus.
I am a Gram Positive, rod shaped bacteria.
I have a nice, regular shape, but I can't form spores.

I'm never really dangerous.
In fact, I'm usually very helpful.
I can live in your mouth or your gut.
I'm most important in a woman's vaginal area, because I make sure it is acidic enough to be healthy.

Sunday, January 07, 2007

Bacillus cereus

My name is B. cereus.
I'm a Gram Positive rod and I can form spores if I want.

I love rice!
Rice is one of my favourite places to live, especially if it's been reheated over and over.
You can get food poisoning from me that will give you diarrhoea and vomiting.
I use a special toxin to make you sick.

Saturday, January 06, 2007

Bacillus anthracis

Hello, I'm B. anthracis.
I'm a Gram Positive rod that can form a spore.
I can live in the soil for years and still be dangerous.
I cause anthrax.
I kill cattle and horses and humans that touch the animals.

I can act in three different ways.
When I get through your skin I make a black scab and fever.
When I'm inhaled I look like flu, but then I suddenly get you in 24 hours.
I get into your gut in uncooked meat.

If you don't take antibiotics, I'm almost always fatal.
Because I kill quickly, I'm sometimes used by armies as a biological weapon.

Thursday, January 04, 2007

Bacillus thuringiensis

Hello hello.
You can call me B. thuringiensis.
I am a Gram Positive rod.
I can form an endospore to protect myself.

I can be used as an insectiside.
I hurt insects by making crystals inside them.
I get sprayed on to rivers and crops.

I don't do anything when I get into humans.

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Bacillus subtilis

Hi there.
My name is B. subtilis.
I am a Gram Positive bacteria, but I'm a rod.
I can be found in soil.

I can form an 'endospore', a little coating that protects me.
When I'm in my endospore I can survive very high temperatures.
I don't often hurt people, infact sometimes I help them.
I'm used in labratories to test tools like heating machines.

Monday, January 01, 2007

Enterococcus Faecalis

Hello, I'm E. faecalis.
I'm a Gram Positive coccus.
I live in your intestines when you are healthy.

But I can be bad when I get into other parts of your body.
If your intestines are torn (like surgery or stabbing) I spill out and infect your abdomen.

I can also cause UTIs if you have a catheter.
I can infect leg ulcers, burns and blood.
When I infect your heart valves I'm very hard to get rid of.