The Pros And Cons Of Bacteria

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When bacteria are thought of, germs and sickness come to mind. Bacteria is the stuff that you don’t want to encounter because it will make you sick. Many times, this an accurate assumption. There is Escherichia coli; these gram-negative bacteria cause diarrheas and can sometimes cause urinary tract infections pneumonia. They can be difficult to treat due to drug resistance. (Center for Disease Control, 2017) There are gram positive bacteria such as Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus or “staph”) Staph as its commonly called can cause skin infections like boils and cellulitis. Most staph infections are not life threatening but they can become so in the form of sepsis, pneumonia and osteomyelitis (Minnesota Department of Health Fact Sheet, 2010) There are food borne bacteria such as Clostridium botulinum are anaerobic, rod shaped bacteria that causes the disease botulism. Botulism is a life-threatening disease that affects the nervous system it is commonly associated with improperly done home canning. (WHO, 2016) While there is no argument that there are many bacteria that we as humans would do will to stay away from it is also true that we need microorganisms in our lives. From disposing of bacteria in waste water to vaccines to the food we eat we rely on bacteria to keep us healthy. Every time a person puts food down the garbage disposal or flushes the toilet waste goes into the sewer system. These residential sources of waste water along with acid metals and

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