What Is Pasteurella SP?

Pasteurella is a genus of gram-negative, facultatively anaerobic bacteria belonging to the Pasteurellaceae family. Most of its species are nonmotile and pleomorphic.

History of Pasteurella SP

In 1878, Perroncito discovered the first species of the Pasteurella genus.

However, the species was not isolated until 1880, when the French chemist and microbiologist, Louis Pasteur, identified the bacteria now known as Pasteurella multocida as the agent of chicken cholera.

Since then, researchers have conducted many studies on the genus, in which they have found it to be directly associated with various diseases, including avian, pneumonia, and fowl cholera disease.

With that being said, Pasteurella is not a cause of disease. In fact, it is a part of the flora of our nose and mouth, meaning it’s harmless under normal conditions.

Symptoms of Diseases Caused By Pasteurella SP

Since different species of the genus Pasteurella cause different diseases, the symptoms vary completely depending on the condition we’re talking about.

For instance, P. pseudotuberculosis causes an infection with TB-like symptoms, whereas P. septica can lead to pneumonia — both of which have completely different symptoms.

People who develop pneumonia typically suffer from the following symptoms:

  • Loss of appetite
  • High temperature
  • Sweating and shivering
  • Chest pain — which gets worse when breathing or coughing
  • A cough — which may be dry and produce thick brown, green, or yellow blood-stained mucus.
  • Difficulty breathing — your breathing may be rapid and shallow, and you may feel breathless even when resting

In comparison, an infection caused by M. pseudotuberculosis has TB-like symptoms, like:

  • Necrosis or granulomas
  • Fever and abdominal pain
  • Problems with the liver, spleen, or lymph nodes

Although none of those symptoms sound serious, health experts say that diseases caused by Pasteurella sp can lead to more serious conditions if the bacterium is not treated right away.

How You Can Treat Pasteurella SP

Since most species of the Pasteurella genus are developing resistance to antibiotics, there’s no knowing whether the medicine that can treat them today will work tomorrow.

Currently, doctors typically prescribe a course of oral antibiotics, including enrofloxacin, ciprofloxacin, marbofloxacin, and trimethoprim-sulfa to treat an infection caused by Pasteurella sp.

All that being said, unless you’re already suffering from a disease caused by Pasteurella sp, 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 catching a disease caused by Pasteurella sp?

If you’re now wondering what safety precautions we are talking about, disinfecting your home and workplace with a solution that can kill Pasteurella sp 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 Pasteurella sp 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.