Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Electric switch makes Salmonella even more deadly

Researchers have found that Salmonella is able to use human electric fields and can make itself even more harmful to it's host. By finding this new pathway it's key to understanding why this pathogen is toxic. Salmonella affects many people with food poisoning and can even lead to death if left untreated.  Bacteria escape the gut of the host first and then release chemicals from the site of infection causing macrophages to go near. When the Salmonella enters the cecum theirs an electrical field that the Salmonella uses and attracts more macrophages. Once this happens the electric switch happens the macrophages change direction heading toward the circulatory system
I found this research very interesting and think that this new information will be useful to treating Salmonella and stopping the pathogen from contaminating food in the future. This pathway could also have to do with why water and food for humans is so easily contaminated. 

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