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Doctor insights on: Bacillus Anthracis Infection

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Dr. Lynne Weixel
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more


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What are the signs and symptoms of bacillus anthracis?

What are the signs and symptoms of bacillus anthracis?

Depends: The signs and symptoms depend on the route of exposure. Please consult this site for info. http://www.cdc.gov/anthrax/basics/symptoms.html ...Read more

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Can docs please explain are bacillus anthracis and b. Megaterium both streptobacilli?

See below: Bacillus anthracis is the causative agent of anthrax, a serious disease with high mortality. B megaterium is the largest bacterium but does not cause disease. Both are present in soil. ...Read more

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High vaginal swab result: scanty leucocytes & gram positive cocci, numerous gram positive bacilli, moderate epithelial cells . Result shows infection?

High vaginal swab result: scanty leucocytes & gram positive cocci, numerous gram positive bacilli, moderate epithelial cells . Result shows infection?

Not likely: Bacteria are part of the contents of the vaginal barrel. When infection is present due to bacteria there are usually large numbers of leucocytes and few epithelial cells. All told, however, test results are not always accurate, and best to discuss this with the doctor who ordered this to begin with. ...Read more

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Hi dr, I have green discharge. Viganal swab test results are : scant gram positive cocci and bacilli. Do I have Bacterial infection? Thanks

Hi dr, 
I have green discharge. Viganal swab test results are : scant gram  positive cocci and bacilli. Do I have Bacterial infection? Thanks

Maybe: There are many bacteria that are normal and desirable in the vagina including some gram positive cocci and bacilli. Without more testing such as a vaginal pH and whiff test and a culture for STDs,it is not possible to say if you have a bacterial infection. ...Read more

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Gram negative bacilli found in urine? does this mean a urinary tract infection? Doc didnt even mention it.i am urinating more frequently but no pain

Gram negative bacilli found in urine? does this mean a urinary tract infection? Doc didnt even mention it.i am urinating more frequently but no pain

GNB: A urine microscopy showing GNB may not be infection and can be a contaminant. Suggest a clean catch urine be done and a urine culture of needed but done right. Sounds like you have no symptoms and this may not be an issue. ...Read more

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The routes of bacillus cereus?

The routes of bacillus cereus?

Bacillus cereus: Bacillus cereus or b. Cereus is a type of bacteria that produces toxins. These toxins can cause two types of illness: one type characterized by diarrhea and the other, called emetic toxin, by nausea and vomiting. It comes from contaminated food that is undercooked and generally lasts a day. ...Read more

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Who discovered cholera bacillus?

Who discovered cholera bacillus?

Philip Pacini: However, his work wasn't well known until Robert Koch shared it with the world. ...Read more

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Which antibiotic is most effective against bacillus subtilus?

Which antibiotic is most effective against bacillus subtilus?

Why do you ask?: This is a common bug that grows on the skin and almost never causes problems. If it's food poisoning, antibiotics won't help. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Wanted to know if all bacillus bacteria can test positive to catalase?

Wanted to know if all bacillus bacteria can test positive to catalase?

Not at all: Erysipelothrix, lactobacillus, and garnerella are usually catalase-negative just among the common gram-positives. ...Read more