What Is Diplococcus Pneumoniae?

Diplococcus pneumoniae is a gram-positive, alpha-hemolytic or beta-hemolytic, spherical bacteria. It’s a pathogen of plants, animals, and humans.

History of Diplococcus Pneumoniae

In 1881, diplococcus pneumoniae was first isolated simultaneously and independently by the U.S. Army physician George Sternberg and the French chemist Louis Pasteur.

A few decades later in the mid-20th century, researchers all over Europe conducted multiple scientific studies to find out more about diplococcus pneumoniae.

Those studies revealed that the bacterium is a part of the normal upper respiratory tract flora. However, as with many natural flora, it becomes pathogenic when the immune system of the host is suppressed.

After diplococcus pneumoniae colonizes the air sacs of the lungs, our bodies respond by stimulating their natural inflammatory response, making plasma, blood, and white blood cells to fill the alveoli — causing the disease commonly known as pneumonia.

Furthermore, those same studies revealed that diplococcus pneumoniae can cause several other diseases, including but not limited to:

  • Sepsis
  • Pneumococcal disease
  • Pneumococcal meningitis

Lastly, those same studies also revealed that there are hundreds of strains of this bacterium, most of which are slowly developing resistance to antibiotics.

Symptoms of Diseases Caused By Diplococcus Pneumoniae

Diplococcus pneumoniae is the only documented cause of pneumococcal disease — which is an infection that primarily affects the throat.

People who catch pneumococcal disease typically suffer from the following symptoms:

  • High heart rate
  • Shortness of breath
  • Clammy or sweaty skin
  • Confusion or disorientation
  • Extreme pain or discomfort
  • Fever, shivering, or feeling like you’re freezing

Although none of those symptoms are serious, health experts say that pneumococcal disease can lead to more serious conditions if it’s not treated right away.

How You Can Treat Diplococcus Pneumoniae

Since diplococcus pneumoniae is developing resistance to antibiotics, there’s no knowing whether the medicine that can treat it today will work tomorrow.

Currently, doctors typically prescribe one million units of penicillin intravenously every four hours, or one gram of ampicillin every 6 hours, or one gram of ceftriaxone every 24 hours to treat an infection caused by diplococcus pneumoniae.

All that being said, unless you’re already suffering from a disease caused by diplococcus pneumoniae, you shouldn’t be worrying about the treatment.

You should be worrying about how to prevent the disease.

Remember, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. So why not take safety precautions right now, so you won’t have to face the risk of facing a problem caused by diplococcus pneumoniae?

If you’re now wondering what safety precautions we are talking about, disinfecting your home and workplace with a solution that can kill diplococcus pneumoniae is all you need to do.

How Alliance Enviro-Tech Can Help

Alliance Enviro-Tech can disinfect both residential and commercial spaces thoroughly.

Our Path-Guard® System can kill diplococcus pneumoniae in under 5 minutes, giving you peace of mind to know your property is safe for everyone living or working there.

For more information, contact us to find out how we can help keep your property safe and clean.