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is anaerobic bacterial infections most ofte are due to several species of anaerobes acting together to infect?

it is important to recognize that the anaerobic bacterial infections most ofte are due to several species of anaerobes acting together to cause infections, explain?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    I don't know which situation is more prevalent. With anaerobes, there often is more than one species present, and therefore treatment should be aimed at controlling all species determined to be present.

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    1 decade ago

    Not always.......

    Some anaerobes are potent enough that, by themselves, they can cause an infection without any help from another organism.

    Bacteroides fragilis can be an infectious agent all by itself if the proper conditions occur for it to reproduce.

    However, many aerobic bacteria can and do help facilitate an anaerobic infection.

    In a wound; lets say a deep puncture wound, a mixture of aerobic and anaerobic bacteria are introduced.

    The aerobic bacteria will consume the available free oxygen, promoting an anaerobic environment where obligate anaerobes can flourish.

    This is observed in Clostridium tetani infections. This organism produces the disease tetanus.

    Hope this helps!

    Source(s): I'm a Registered Medical Technologist MT(ASCP)
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