Proteus Vulgaris

What Is Proteus Vulgaris?

Proteus vulgaris is a rod-shaped, nitrate-reducing, and gram-negative bacterium that inhabits the intestinal tracts of humans and animals. It is typically found in soil, water, and fecal matter.

History of Proteus Vulgaris

Proteus vulgaris was first described in 1885 by Gustav Hauser in a 94-page monograph entitled “On putrefactive bacteria and their relationship to sepsis.”

In 1885, Hauser was an assistant to Friedrich A. Zenker in the pathology department of the University of Nuremberg in Bavaria, where he named the bacterium P. hauseri.

Later on, the species was subsequently reclassified because it was gram-positive. Once it was reclassified, the modern name proteus vulgaris was chosen.

In 1982, proteus vulgaris was separated into three biogroups on the basis of indole production.

Biogroup one was indole negative and was thus represented as a new species, proteus penneri, while biogroups two and three remained together as proteus vulgaris.

In the last three decades, a lot of research has taken place to study the effects of proteus vulgaris.

What we know so far is that the bacterium is an opportunistic pathogen often responsible for wound infections and urinary tract infections in humans.

For the last decade or so, it has been spreading fast — which is why it has now become one of the most common causes of urinary tract infections worldwide.

Symptoms of Urinary Tract Infections

Here are the symptoms of a urinary tract infection:

A strong, persistent urge to urinate
A burning sensation when urinating
Passing frequent, small amounts of urine
Strong-smelling urine that appears cloudy
Urine that appears red, bright pink, or cola-colored
Pelvic pain in women, especially in the center of the pelvis and around the area of the pubic bone

According to health experts, urinary tract infections can lead to more serious conditions like kidney damage if they’re not treated by a doctor right away.

How You Can Treat Proteus Vulgaris

No matter which disease you have due to proteus vulgaris, you will be treated with one of the following antibiotics that the bacterium is sensitive to:

Netilmicin
Ceftazidime
Meropenem
Ciprofloxacin
Ampicillin or sulbactam
Piperacillin or tazobactam

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

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