The Streptococcus

What Bug am I”
The “Bug” that I have studied for this report was the Streptococcus, group a. From what I have found, there are over 6,000 different strains of the bacteria in the group a Streptococcus that we know of. You may have heard of them from the virus that many people get which is called strep throat. What I am is micro-bacteria, which is basically a pain to anyone, which I infect.

How big am I”
The size of the bacteria varies on the strain of the streptococcus that you are looking at. One of the most common strains that people tend to have is that of Streptococcus pyogenes. The size of this is estimated at 3.07 micrometers per bacteria but the bacteria do not travel alone. And the size of the chain varies to often to be recorded by someone as a Fact.

What do I look like?

The electron micrograph to the left is of a Streptococcus pyogenes magnified at 16,000x. What you are seeing is two of the bacterial cells from the chain of cells. This is what you would see if you were looking at a magnification rage of 6,500x and 95,000x. That is the range of which most of the Streptococcus can be viewed at. What the arrow is pointing at is the septum of the cells which is the membranes holding one another together. The light spots in the middle of the cells are the bacterial chromosomes.

Where do I Live?
There are many places where you find the Streptococcus, but they vary depending of the strain that you are studying. The Streptococcus pyogenes for example, are found usually in host such as humans, horses, pigs and cows. Insides these host, the bacteria are found on the mucosal surfaces of the mouth, hares and pharynx. In rare circumstances they are also found in the skin, heart, and muscle tissue.

Do I “bug” you?
The simple answer to this question is YES. The virus that this bacteria brings, like I have stated earlier is Strep Throat. What that is basically a very bad sore throat. But, like I said about everything else, the bacteria does different things depending on the strain that