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Drum roll please!

Pseudomonas aeruginosa  

After conducting several tests on my unknown bacteria sample in my microbiology class, I’ve identified it as P. aeruginosa. this is a nasty little bugger! It has been implicated in the majority of hospital acquired infections - the ones you don’t have when you go into the hospital but you acquire once you‘re there. Under a high powered microscope it looks like a cheetoh with a tailestatic.  It moves fast, has an optimal growing temperature 98.6F (hmmm. that means it likes us)and isn’t very discriminating on what it uses for nutrition so it can live on lots of stuff. It does, however, like a moist environment so it thrives in soil, water and hospital equipment that has been freshly washed and air dried.  It’s the major cause of swimmer’s ear. The good news is, even though it can infect just about any type of tissue in the body, it will only infect tissue that is compromised so someone with a healthy immune system would most likely be unaffected if they encounter the little stinker.

so there you have it! I now have to go and finish my paper on it - the due date is Tuesday. I’ve got 8 pages finished and the entire report will be about 11 pages by the time I’m done.

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