19: Mycobacteria and legionellae

Chapter 19 Mycobacteria and legionellae

Mycobacteria

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), nearly 2 billion people, one-third of the world’s population, have disease caused by mycobacteria, particularly tuberculosis. Mycobacteria are widespread both in the environment and in animals and cause two major human diseases – tuberculosis and leprosy. They are aerobic, acid-fast bacilli (not stained by the Gram stain because of the high lipid component of the cell wall). The major medically important pathogens are:

Mycobacterium tuberculosis

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