Flashcards in Rhodococcus Deck (14):
Cocci or rods
Aerobic soil saprophyte
Characteristic culture growth appearance
Mucoid salmon-pink colonies
What species and age is most often infected?
Foals <6 mo. old
Where do Rhodococcus survive?
What is the hypothesized reason that foals are susceptible to Rhodococcus?
Inappropriate Th2- rather than Th1-based immune response
What does Rhodococcus cause?
What virulence factor promotes the survival of the bacterium in non-activated macrophages?
What virulence factors retards phygocytosis?
Capsular polysaccharides, mycolic acids
What species of Rhodococcus infects foals, pigs, cattle, and cats?
What treatments are available for Rhodococcus?
Combination therapy of macrolide antibiotic and rifampicin