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Doctors, what is the difference between bacillus cereus, bacillus subtilis, and bacillus licheniformis?
Different species: These are different species in the genus bacillus. Anthrax bacillus is also in the same genus. You may Google each term to learn about their characteristics. ...Read more
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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
It may: But you need to do sensitivity testing against the particular strain of organism isolated, and with the increasing frequency of resistance development this is an essential component of management. ...Read more
It may but...: It depends on the resistance profile of specific strain of klebsiella. Many strains acquired in the 'community' are very sensitive to almost all antimicrobials except penicillin and Ampicillin and certainly sensitive to piperacillin/tazobactam. However, especially when acquired in a hospital, klebsiella can be quite resistant to therapy including pip/tazobactam. ...Read more
What are the differences between MRSA (methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus) or c-diff (clostridium difficile)?
Totally different: They are totally different bacteria. Mrsa causes disease by invading the body, multiplying and causing tissue injury. Clostridium difficile causes disease by overgrowth in the intestinal lumen and producing toxins that injure the colonic mucosa causing diarrhea and colitis. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: The latter creature usually causes no problems. The former can make you quite sick. ...Read more
Yes: Enterobacter aerogenes is a bacteria that can cause a variety of infections such as urinary tract infections, sepsis, pneumonia, skin/wound infections. It typically does not occur in people who are otherwise healthy. It can be picked up by patients who are hospitalized, particularly in an intensive care unit. It can be picked up from contaminated surfaces. Antibiotic resistance can be a problem. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer