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Anaerobic Bacteriology


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Anaerobic Bacteria

Slide 3

June 2012

It’s important to recognize that anaerobic bacteria are part of the human micro bio.  They are normal flora of the skin, gastrointestinal tract, oropharynx, and female genitourinary/gynecologic tracts.  They play important roles in normal physiology.  Generally they are of low pathogenicitiy except when they occur in “the wrong place at the wrong time” such as a break in normal host barriers such as rupture of the intestinal mucosal barrier.  Anaerobes grow in no or low oxygen concentrations in areas where there are low oxidation reduction potentials in the local environment.

Anaerobic Bacteria


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