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Which of the following sites would be colonised in a normal healthy person?
-Intestinal tract
-Nervous system
-oral cavity
-respiratory tract
-urogenital tract

-intestinal tract
- oral cavity
-respiratory tract
-urogenital tract


What are the two main locations of bacterial infection?

1. Mucosal infections : colonisation of mucosal surfaces, requires adhesions, respiratory tract/gut
2. Invasion: requires colonisation, mucosal barrier breached, access to sub mucosal tissue and blood stream


Explain airborne transmission.
- wtr to the kind of bacteria that participant in this

- many respiratory pathogens: often gram + bacteria, resistant to drying, also viruses, human often sole reservoir


What are the virulence factors.

- factors that allow the organism to cause disease
1. colonisation of the niche
2. avoidance of the immune response
3. acquisition of nutrients
4. damage to the host
5. dispersal


Lets talk about Streptococcus pneumoniae.

- gram + diplocococcus
- found in nasopharynx of 20-40% of children
- most common causes of:
- bacterial meningitis
- problem in young and old
- community acquired pneumonia
- bacteraemia
- otitis media (ear infection )


Streptococcus pneumoniae:
- capsule and toxins?

- capsule : resist phagocytosis
- toxins: pneumolysin and autolysin A
L> pore forming toxins


Meningitis - describe it.

- inflammation of the meninges, protective membranes of the CNS
- may resolve on its own(viral meningitis)
- may be life threatening: increased pressure on brain stem, neurological damage, apnoea (stop breathing) and death


What are the symptoms of Meningitis ?

- 87% start with a headache
- the classic triad of diagnostic signs ( stiff neck, fever, altered menta status)
- other signs:
- sensitivity to light/sound
- irritability and delirium
- seizures
- rash in meningococcal meningitis


NHS bacteria associated with meningitis???????

- Neisseria meningitidis (meningococcus)
L> children and young adults
L> always penicillin sensitive
- Haemophilis influenzae
L> young children
L> often B lactamase positive (resistant to penicillin)
-Streptococcus pneumoniae (young and old, sometimes penicillin resistant, person to person spread is RARE)


- Neisseria meningitidis?

- usually airborne
- attaches to cells of the nasopharynx
- invasive: accesses the blood stream (bacteriemia, respiratory tract infection, meningitis)


- Neisseria meningitidis virulence factors.

- polysaccharid capsule
(protects against phagocytosis, serum resistance)
- Lipopolysaccharide (endotoxin)
L> serum resistance (innate immune system)
L> release of LPS causes toxic shock
-Adhesins: pili and opa proteins, attachment to nasopharynx


Explain the treatment plan of meningitis.

- treat first, diagnose later
L> give dose of benzylpenicillin immediately if meningooccal infection suspected
- a broad spectrum cephalosporin is usually given as empirical treatment of bacterial meningitis until the pathogen has been isolated and sensitivities are known
L> then rationalised to as cheap and narrow spectrum an agent as possible
- chemoprophylaxis given to kissing contacts of meningococcal infection


Give the stats of tuberculosis and what causes it.

- in 2007 approx 13.7 million chronic active cases, 9.3 million new cases and 1.8 million death
- 1/2 million new cases of multidrug resistant TB
- infection usually of the lungs
L> can affect other organs
L> caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis
- most infections asymptomatic or latent
L> approx 10% lead to active disease


Actinobacteria: Mycobacterium :
- describe their characteristics

- rod shaped organisms, can be somewhat pleomorphic
- obligate aerobe
- facultative intracellular parasite (can live within macrophages)
- complex cell wall
- Mycobacterium tuberculosis
L> causes TB
L> some species grow very slowly (gen time of 15-20h)


Describe the mycobacterial cell wall.

- plasma membrane
- peptidoglycan
- Mycolic acids
-gram positive (although it doesnt stain as one)


Describe the pathology of TB.

-usually infects the lungs
- cough with haemoptysis, plus quartet of fever, malaise, night sweats, weight loss
- if untreated it is often fatal


Describe the disease course of TB.

- primary infection
- asymptomatic or non-specific symptoms:
L> fever, malaise, weight loss, night sweats
- inhalation of droplets contaiing M.tb
L> leading to lung infection
L> delayed hypersensitivity rxn
L> formation of tubercles (aggregates of macrophage)
L> M. tuberculosis can grow in macrophage
- can progress to acute infection
L> extensive destruction of lung tissue
- infection can reactivate : immune suppression (HIV)


What are the virulence factors of Mycobacterium tuberculosis?

- thick complex lipid-rich cell walls (acid-fast bacilli, grows very slowly, causes chronic infections)
- intra-cellular pathogen (thrives inside macrphages, forming granulomas, antibodies have no effect, cell-mediated immune response needed for protection, controls vesicular trafficking in mammalian cells)


Describe the treatment of TB.

- multi-drug regimens used (prevent the emergence of resistance during therapy and more effective)
- drugs specific to TB: ethambutol, isoniazid, pyrazinamide, rifampicin, streptomycin
- drug regime: initial phase- three drugs for two months. Continuation phase - 2 drugs for 4 months


Explain viruses wrt respiratory tract infections.

- very common cause of respiratory infection
- usually acute self limiting infections
- cold
L> short duration, mild symptoms
- influenza: outbreaks occur annually, epidemics and pandemics occur periodically
- common childhood infections: measles, mumps, rubella and chickenpox


Explain symptoms, complications and acute resolving infections for Measles.

- acute, resolving infections: highly infections, can cause epidemics, paramyxovirus (encode a haemagglutinin), negative strand RNA virus
- symptoms: nasal, discharge, redness of eyes, cough, fever, cough and fever intensify and rash appears
-complications: inner ear infection, pneumonia, measles encephalomyelitis


Describe the measles virus.
L> envelope
L>importance in virulence

- glycoproteins in envelope: haemagglutinin (H) and fusion (F) proteins
- important in virulence: bind to host cell receptors, allow fusion with host cell and viral uptake, vary between measles strains


Infection process. Where are microorganisms most commonly found?

- mucous membranes
L> coated with a protective layer of viscous soluble glycoproteins called mucus