Blog Post 2

Since my last update, I have plated all of my bacteria and chosen at least one, but usually two colonies from each sample of water. This means that each site has up to six bacteria representing it. I have slowly begun to identify the selected bacteria and freeze them for use later in time. I have identified ten of those bacteria already.  The most interesting is Staphylococcus hyicus (2D.1), a bacteria that causes a dangerous skin disease in pigs, cattle, and horses often called greasy pig disease. However, it can affect humans, there is a case study of a farmer found to have been infected with Staphylococcus hyicus after being hospitalized with sepsis and cellulitis in his foot. He was initially misdiagnosed with Staphylococcus aureus. The other bacteria are fairly common in freshwater, animals, or soils. One of which is Bacillus subtilis, a very common bacteria thought to have probiotic effects.

Staphylococcus hyicus
Staphylococcus hyicus

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