Proteus Mirabilis

What Is Proteus Mirabilis?

Proteus mirabilis is a gram-negative, facultatively anaerobic, rod-shaped bacterium that is the cause of over 90% of proteus infections in humans.

History of Proteus Mirabilis

Although proteus mirabilis was first described in 1885 by Gustav Hauser in a 94-page monograph, its full genome sequence was completed on 28 March 2008 by Melanie Pearson.

The genome’s total length was 4.063 Mb and Pearson identified over 3,659 coding sequences with seven rRNA loci. She entitled the paper, “Complete genome sequence of uropathogenic Proteus mirabilis, a master of both adherence and motility.”

Once the paper was published, we knew for sure that mirabilis has a swarming motility — a specialized form of motility that bacteria can undergo to expand their populations to new locations.

We also found out that on top of using urea, mirabilis can also produce hydrogen sulfide gas. Furthermore, it is commonly found in the human digestive system and for some reason, it is not pathogenic in chickens and guinea pigs.

One last thing we found out is that it has the ability to inhibit growth of unrelated strains, resulting in a macroscopically visible line known as the Dienes line where two swarming strains of bacteria intersect.

Other than Pearson’s paper, studies in the last century have proven that mirabilis can produce high levels of urease, which in result can lead to kidney stones.

So mirabilis can lead to proteus infections as well as kidney stones.

Symptoms of Diseases Caused By Proteus Mirabilis

As we mentioned earlier, mirabilis is mainly responsible for proteus infections. So here are the six most common symptoms of a proteus infection:

Cystitis
Prostatitis
Cloudy urine
Pyelonephritis
Recurring stones
Pain or burning during urination

According to health experts, a proteus infection can lead to more serious conditions like permanent kidney damage if it’s not treated by a doctor right away.

How You Can Treat Diseases Caused By Proteus Mirabilis

No matter which disease you have due to proteus mirabilis, you will be treated with either aminoglycosides, carbapenems (except imipenem), or 3rd generation cephalosporins.

With that being said, unless you’re already suffering from a disease caused by proteus mirabilis, 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 proteus mirabilis?

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