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What are diseases caused by Serratia Marcescens?

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Diseases that are caused by Serratia Marcescens (commonly referred to as S. marcescens) are urinary tract infections, respiratory tract infections, conjunctivitis eye infections, conjunctivitis wound infections, meningitis, septicaemia, endocarditis, pneumonia, keratitis, endophthalmitis and kerotoconjunctivitis, notes Kenyon College. Serratia marcescens is a rare pathogen that occurs most often in hospitals where it can spread rapidly amongst patients with poor immune systems writes the US National Library of Medicine.

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In some people, the Serratia marcescens will also create a pigmented color that resembles blood ranging from pink to a crimson red reports the U.S. Library of Medicine and can be discovered through laboratory tests.

The pathogen Serratia marcescens was discovered by an Italian pharmacist in 1819 named Bizio. This pathogen draws its stamina from people's digestive tracts, urinary tracts, artificial nails, neonate's perineum areas and the respiratory tract according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine. When the Serratia marcescens is able to create noscomial blood stream infections as well as endocarditis and meningitis, the likelihood of death is high reports the U.S. National Library of Medicine.

The pathogen is considered opportunistic by many because it has a high antimicrobial resistance, which makes it more difficult to treat, notes Antimicrobe. It is a member of the Enterobacteriaceae family and is one of the easiest pathogen members of Enterobacteriaceae to recognize in the lab, states the U.S. Library of Medicine.

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