Flashcards in Micro Enteric Bacteria 3 Deck (35)
vibrio cholerae bacteriology
curved, comma-shaped, gram - rod with polar flagellum;
aerobic, facultatively anaerobic;
dual lifecycles (planktonic in indian ocean and pathogenic in drinking water supply)
what indicates v. cholerae pathogenicity?
o cell wall antigen
what o cell wall antigens cause epidemic disease in v cholerae?
O1 and O139
why are O1 and O139 pathogenic?
lysogenic bacteriophage - carries gene for primary choleragen enterotoxin (which is GI exotoxin)
how is v cholerae transmitted?
fecal-oral shed by asymptomatic carriers in incubation;
travel to untreated water or undercooked shellfish
who is most susceptible to v cholerae? why?
people on antacids or with gastrectomy because high infectious dose - usually killed by stomach acid
how does v cholerae cause disease?
if survives past stomach acid - reach small intestine where it secretes MUCINASE to clear path to brush border and attaches using toxin coregulated pilus (TCP) and colonize - then secretes cholera toxin
describe cholera toxin
choleragen: A-B subunit structure - "A" causes persistent activation of adenylate cyclase leading to loss of water adn ions from attached cell
what disease is caused by v cholerae?
massive watery diarrhea - more than any other infectious gastroenteritis - death from dehydration and electrolyte imbalance
what is seen on exam for v cholerae?
"rice water stool" - large volumes of watery diarrhea - no pain, blood or neutrophils in stool but acidosis and hypokalemia from loss of bicarb and K;
dehydration leads to cardiac and renal failure (skin dehydration test)
v cholerae labs
isolated on media - salt-tolerant (because it's from the ocean!), oxidase positive, ferments sucrose; darkfield microscopy of stool sample reveals motile vibrios
v cholerae treatment
rehydrate and rebalance electrolytes - tetracycline if needed
v parahaemolyticus bacteriology
gram - curved motile rod, oxidase +, saltwater-borne (warm ocean water), halophile
v parahaemolyticus pathogenesis
enters humans through undercooked seafood --> secretes enterotoxin similar to choleragen --> causes diarrhea
v parahaemolyticus on exam
nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramps, diarrhea, fever;
what disease is commonly caused by v parahaemolyticus? v vulnificus?
para: gasteroenteritis; vulnificus: cellulitis
v parahaemolyticus treatment
previously healthy: oral rehydration: self-limited
iron overload, pre-exsiting liver disease, immunosuppressed, high fever = doxycycline and IV rehydration
v vulnificus bacteirology
gram - curved motile rod, oxidase positive, some encapsulated, salt water born = halophile
v vulnificus pathogenesis
infects shellfish contaminated wounds --> causes cellulitis and rapidly-fatal septicemia when in immunocompromised
what is produced by v vulnificus? (virulence factors)?
hemolysin, protease exotoxin, siderophores
which bug has the highest fatality rate for foodborne disease?
v vulnificus (esp in those with history of chronic liver disease)
v vulnificus treatment
1. surgical care: debride early and often
2. ceftazidime + doxycycline or antipsudomonal penicillin
3. admit/observe for sepsis, DIC, ARDS, renal failure
comma or s shaped gram - rod, oxidase and catalase positive, microaerophilic, grows well at 42C, reservoir in guts of domestic animals
transmitted fecal-oral, sexual contact, sick pets with low infectious dose - colonizes both intestines (NOT just M cells!! - just epithelium) causing blood and pus in diarrhea (some have cholera like enterotoxin causing a watery diarrhea)
what does c. jejuni strongly predispose patients to?
guillain-barre syndrome, reactive arthritis, HUS
common in children and MSM, incubation in days-week, initially watery foul-smelling diarrhea that progresses to bloody stools with fever and abdominal pain - need to rule out bacteremia
what does campylobacter bactermia lead to?
meningitis, vascular infection, abscess
stool sample culture - blood agar with antibiotics to inhibit normal flora - dual temperatures (only grows on 42C), oxidase positive, gram -
rehydrate for simple gastroenteritis - treat if patient is pediactric, high fever, bloody, 8+ stools/day, worsening, more than a week, pregnant, HIV with azithromycin, or erythromycin in peds
DO NOT TREAT THE DIARRHEA!