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p. 395. Bacterial pathogenesislocked

  • Sebastian G.B. Amyes

Abstract

‘Bacterial pathogenesis’ explains the stages of pathogenesis, virulence factors, the four groups of pathogenic bacteria (adhesins, aggressins, impedins, and invasins), plasmids, and pathogenicity islands. The two types of toxins excreted by bacteria — endotoxins and exotoxins — and the diseases they cause (such as plague and tetanus) are described. The bacteria involved with necrotizing fasciitis (flesh-eating bacteria), vector-borne diseases, tooth decay, and gum disease are also outlined. Finally, the pandemics caused by bacterial infections — plague, cholera, leprosy, tuberculosis, and the sexually transmitted bacterial infections of syphilis, chlamydia, and gonorrhoea are discussed.

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