A hospital's worst nightmare.

Welcome to the "wonderful” world of Pseudomonas aeruginosa!

 Pseudomonas aeruginosa is a gram-negative bacterium that is in the shape of a rod, also known as bacillus. This bacterium is a common pathogen to humans, causing serious infections and death to some of its hosts. Because it is one of the most common bacterium transmitted in hospital environments and causes many other aliments, it would seem plausible that there would be some way to put an end to its mischievous activity. However, because Pseudomonas aeruginosa is able to reproduce so rapidly and has developed some amazing adaptations, it is almost impossible to eradicate or treat with antibiotics currently available. Along with these adaptations, Pseudomonas aeruginosa possesses toxins that cause quite the ruckus in their hosts. Because this bacterium is so problematic, it is important for hospitals and other medical facilities to follow established sanitation and aseptic guidelines.

To learn more about this wide spread pathogen, check out my other pages!

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Above: both images of Pseudomonas aeruginosa from WikiCommons.

 If you are searching for some other information about this organism, check out some other great websites:

Opportunistic Infections Caused by Pseudomonas aeruginosa

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


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Page last updated: April 26th, 2013.