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What type of bacteria is Mycobacterium?

Asked by Margret Rina on November 06, 2021

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Mycobacterium is a genus of Actinobacteria, given its own family, the Mycobacteriaceae._Over 190 species are recognized in this genus. This genus includes pathogens known to cause serious diseases in mammals, including tuberculosis (Mycobacterium tuberculosis) and leprosy (Mycobacterium leprae) in humans.

Is Mycobacterium tuberculosis normal flora? Mycobacterium tuberculosis is a fairly large nonmotile rod-shaped bacterium distantly related to the Actinomycetes. Many non pathogenic mycobacteria are components of the_normal flora of humans, found most often in dry and oily locales. The rods are 2-4 micrometers in length and 0.2-0.5 um in width.

How long does Mycobacterium tuberculosis live? Once coughed out by a person with TB, the bacilli can survive up to six months outside the body if they are protected from direct sunlight.

What does Mycobacterium tuberculosis do to the body? Tuberculosis (TB)is a disease caused by bacteria called Mycobacterium tuberculosis. The bacteria usually attack the lungs. But TB bacteria can attack any part of the body such as the kidney, spine, and brain. If not treated properly, TB disease can be fatal.