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Enterobacter bugandensis

Enterobacter bugandensis:

Scientists from the Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT-M) and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) have carried out a collaborative study of the behaviour of multi-drug resistant pathogens aboard the International Space Station (ISS).

  • Enterobacter Bugandensis is a relatively new species within the Enterobacter genus.
  • It was first described in 2013, after being isolated from cases of bloodstream infections in Uganda.
  • It is a Gram-negative, rod-shaped bacterium.
  • Like other Enterobacter species, E. bugandensis is typically found in various environments, including soil, water, and the gastrointestinal tracts of animals and humans.
  • It can cause a range of infections, primarily in immunocompromised These include bloodstream infections, respiratory infections, urinary tract infections, and wound infections.
  • It has shown resistance to multiple antibiotics, which makes treatment challenging.
  • The mechanisms of resistance can include beta-lactamase production, efflux pumps, and mutations that reduce drug uptake.