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Chlamydophila pneumoniae

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A gram-negative rod shaped bacterium involved in asthma, pneumonia, bronchitis, coronary heart disease, respiratory infection and atherosclerosis in human.


Chlamydophila pneumoniae is an airborne bacterium and parasitic in which it cannot produced outside the host cell makes it dependent inside of the host for survival. It has an incubation period from 7-21 days within the host and divides every 2-3hrs where it exists in a stationary non-infectious state and has a capability to endure environmental stress until it contacts to a new host where transformation and infections occur.

Chlamydophila pneumoniae has been revealed to infect reptiles including iguanas, frogs, snakes, turtle and koalas. It is capable of causing protein manifestation of chronic respiratory illness that often lead to asthmatic bronchitis.

Chlamydophila pneumoniae route of infections is through elementary form via small water droplets that able to enter in host lung where it phagocytosed into cells and replicate itself within cell in which reticulate body reverts back to its elementary form that lyses the cell. Symptoms manifested with this bacterium include chest pain, dry cough, fatigue, fever, loss of appetite and body aches.

Former name: Chlamydia pneumoniae

Scientific classification:

Kingdom: Bacteria
Phylum: Chlamydiae
Order: Chlamydiales
Family: Chlamydiaceae
Genus: Chlamydophila
Species: Chlamydophila pneumoniae

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