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Post by kabuto » Mon Apr 10, 2006 7:15 am

what is the deadliest bacteria?

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Post by canalon » Mon Apr 10, 2006 3:40 pm

What is the definition of "deadliest bacteria"?

The one producing the more deadly toxin? It is probably Clostridium botulinum

The one that produced the biggest epidemy? The it is supposed to be Yersinia pestis if it is really the agent that caused the black plgue in the middle age.

But in body count, it could be E. coli that cause every year thousands of death through diarrhea in infants.

In fact I think my point is taht this question doesn't actually make sense...
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Post by kiekyon » Tue Apr 11, 2006 2:48 pm

If "deadliest" means rapid death, then the bacteria that cause types of meningitis (inflammation of linings of the brain and nerves) are very quickly fatal, usually within 24 hours if not treated promptly.

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