Questions in Medical Bacteriology - Ask the Expert

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September 2, 2011 at 12:37 PM

Were can I find info about Tn1546, Inc18-like plasmid or tnpA?

September 10, 2011 at 10:08 PM

Were can I find info about Tn1546?

See the back references of above articles for further information

January 28, 2015 at 10:09 PM

Recommend media for the selective isolation of Streptococcus mutans from suspected clinical specimens = Tryptone-Yeast-Cysteine-Sucrose-Bacitracin (TYCSB) agar

January 29, 2015 at 4:48 PM

The viability of microorganism depends on the availability of water, nutrition and many other factors. But most disease causing bacteria/virus die within 7 days in normal environmental conditions. In this case, a simple drying and disinfection with lizol would be enough. There is nothing to worry; Your Obsessive–compulsive disorder is responsible for your anxiety - you just ignore it. Even, the entry of bacteria/virus in human body will not always results in infection/disease in a healthy person.

July 27, 2015 at 10:55 PM

@Ellie Vipond
She might have immunity against Chlamydia acquired during previous infection. These immune antibodies are probably present in mucosal secretions and may protect from re-infection (to confirm you may do serological test and observe titre). PCR detects DNA fragments of the bacteria - If the result is negative, most probably she is not currently infected with chlamydia.

November 29, 2015 at 12:16 PM

I have an ear infection - a test showed that it is due to resistant bacteria. Two courses of oral antibiotics did not clear it. I clean my ears daily and there is usually a yellowish discharge left on the q-tips due to this infection. Now I am concerned because my 1 year old baby had one of my used q-tips in his mouth (and may have swallowed the cotton). Will he be affected because he ingested the bacterial infection? Will it affect his health in any way? Thank you.
- Dipika, concerned mother

Your kids gastric juice might have killed it. Even it has escaped it won't cause infection - you don't have to worry about it. But be careful to keep your kid from harmful activities until he/she understands the harmfulness. All hazards are not like Microbes.

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