Which defenses protect us from infection by this bacterium

Microorganism Profile Worksheet

1. Description of the Microorganism:

a. Write a paragraph describing your organism. Please be sure to include the type of organism (bacterial, viral, fungal, protozoa, helminth, etc), morphology (shape, arrangement, colony morphology if applicable), description of structure (gram result, type of nucleic acid or virion structure, spore type, etc if applicable) and also the type of microscope and/or stain you would use to view the organism. Please use proper scientific terminology and good grammar and sentence structure throughout this project.

2. Virulence Factors:

a. Include a paragraph on the virulence factors the pathogen has and how they affect the host. Please enhance this with detailed explanations of the virulence factors and how they affect the host as you gain a better understanding of them throughout the semester.

3. Immunity:

a. Which defenses protect us from infection by this bacterium?

b. Does this pathogen induce a specific type of immune response (example: delayed-type hypersensitivity)? If so, which one(s)?

4. Infectious Disease Information:

a. What condition(s) or infectious diseases does it cause?

b. Which tissues or organs are affected, and how are they affected (for example, chronic TB is characterized by lung tubercles)?

c. Describe the complications that can result if the infection is left untreated.

d. Are these acute, chronic, or latent infections?

e. What organ system(s) does it infect?

f. Is it an opportunistic pathogen? If so, where is it normally found in the body?