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Leptospira interrogans
By Jess Condon
Classification
Domain: Bacteria
Kingdom: Monera
Phylum: Spirochaetes
Class: Spirochaetes
Order: Spirochaetales
Family: Leptospiraceae
Genus: Leptospira
Species: Leptospira interrogans
Characteristics
• One of many species
of Leptospira.
• Spirals cell shapes.
• 2 flagella for mobility.
• Pathogenic
Characteristics Cont.
• Gram Stain is Negative
– Pink/ Red Color
• Does not always stain
correctly.
• Aerobic
Where Does it Live?
• Bogs, Shallow Lakes,
Ponds, Puddles, etc.
• Needs complex organisms
for a host.
– Wild or Domestic Animals
• On every continent except
Antarctica.
• Optimal pH
– To survive: 6.9 – 7.4
– To grow: 7.2 – 7.6
• Causes Leptospirosis
Diseases
– Headaches, fever, flu-like
symptoms.
– Can result in liver and
kidney damage, or even
death.
– Can be treated with large
doses of antibiotics.
• Contact with urine or soil
containing urine
• Enters through minor cuts
– Ex.) Swimming in infected
water.
Works Cited
• "Leptospira Interrogans." Welcome to the Schenectady County
Community College Web Site. Web. 02 Feb. 2011.
<http://www.sunysccc.edu/academic/mst/microbes/07linte.h
tm>.
• "Leptospira." Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia. Web. 02 Feb.
2011.
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leptospira#Cellular_structure>.
• "Nursing Care Plan – Leptospirosis | Nursing Crib." Nursing
Crib - Nursing Care Plans | Nursing News | Case Study |
December 2010 Nursing Board Exam Results. Web. 02 Feb.
2011. <http://nursingcrib.com/nursing-care-plan/nursingcare-plan-leptospirosis/>.
• "Tilt: Bacterial Images." CVGS Home. Web. 02 Feb. 2011.
<http://www.cvgs.k12.va.us/bison/research/bac_analysis/des
cpic.htm>.