Pseudomonas is a group of gram-negative, rod-shaped bacteria, commonly found in soil, plants, groundwater, and animals. Pseudomonas aeruginosa is a common bacterium belonging to the Pseudomonas family. This bacterium is found on the surface of plants and animals. Infections caused by pseudomonas bacteria are termed as pseudomonas infections. Healthy people are usually not at risk of contracting such type of infections. However, people with a weakened immune system, especially due to another illness or condition, have a higher risk of developing pseudomonas infections.
The major pseudomonas infections include urinary tract infections, respiratory system infections, soft tissue infections, gastrointestinal infections, and bone and joint infections. In addition, pseudomonas aeruginosa infection is one of the major health problems in patients hospitalized for the treatment of cancer, burns, and cystic fibrosis. In the absence of proper hygienic practices in healthcare centers and hospitals, this bacterium can easily spread through the infected hands of healthcare workers or through hospital equipment that are not properly sterilized.
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