Streptococcus pneumoniae

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Bacteria: Streptococcus pneumoniae. SEM of clusters of the Bacteria Streptococcus pneumoniae.These Gram-positive bacteria are spherical in shape (cocci) and non-motile. As seen here they usually form pairs, short chains or clusters. These bacteria secrete a capsule which is associated with certain pathogenic states. They occur both as healthy and harmless commensal organism and as pathogen in the human respiratory tract. When pathogenic, it is a cause of pneumonia, pleurisy, peritonitis and meningitis. Treatment is with antibiotic drugs such as penicilline.

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