10 Micro-organisms We Destroy

The number of micro-organisms in the world is so high it would be impossible to list, they lurk just about everywhere. But you’ll be glad to hear we are able to safely destroy a wide range of micro-organisms and can protect you against unpleasant out breaks of viruses and unwanted germs. To put your mind at rest we’ve put together a list of 10 micro-organisms you’ll be glad we can deactivate and kill;

  1. Listeria – this is a form of food poisoning. It occurs after eating contaminated foods and although doesn’t pose a huge health risk to adults it can be serious to pregnant women, the elderly and newborn babies. It can be carried and spread by animals and can be found in unpasteurised products such as ice cream and soft cheese that have been made from unpasteurised milk.
  2. Influenza – most people will know this infection by it’s shorter and more recognisable term ‘the flu’. It is a highly contagious viral infection that will show some similar signs to those suffering from the common cold, however, they will experience much more severe symptoms. Many people suffering from influenza will complain of intense fatigue and weakness as well headaches, high fevers and a sore throat.
  3. MRSA – is a ‘super-bug’, a strong bacterial infection that is resistant to a wide variety of antibiotics, therefore making it difficult to treat. You may of heard of regular epidemics in hospitals, this is due to the high volume of people in one area, making it easy for the infection to spread. It also occurs in places such as hospitals because many patients will have weakened immune systems at the time, leaving them prone to such illnesses.
  4. E.coli – Some may not realise that we actually have several types of E.coli living in our intestines that are completely harmless to us and in fact even help to prevent other bacteria from taking hold. However, there is one form of E.coli that can cause serious health issues and result in food poisoning that can, in some cases, become life threatening.
  5. Salmonella – Most people will be familiar with Salmonella and the risks it poses to your health. If infected by Salmonella it can lead to such illnesses as food poisoning, gastroenteritis and typhoid fever among others. It is a bacterial disease that can contaminate water and foods.
  6. Norovirus – Unfortunately this is one of the most common stomach bugs in the United Kingdom. It is also, rather unpleasantly, known as the ‘winter vomiting bug’. It is very contagious and can therefore spread quickly through families, schools and workplaces.
  7. Legionella – This is also known as Legionnaires disease and it is not contagious. It can be caught by digesting contaminated water that can be found in natural water sources such as reservoirs, rivers and lakes. More frighteningly, you can also contract the illness from air conditioning systems.
  8. Campylobacter – is a type of food poisoning that can affect anyone and at any age. It is also known as ‘travellers diarrhea’ and can occur in humans and animals alike. It is most commonly contracted through consumption of infected food or water.
  9. Clostridium difficile – It is a type of bacterial infection that attacks the digestive system, resulting in fever, abdominal pain and diarrhea. Strangely enough it is most common in people that are taking or have been taking antibiotics.
  10. Leptospirosis – this is one of the less common bacterial diseases. It can be transmitted to humans from animals, although is rare in domesticated pets. Although it is present all over the world, it is reportedly seen more in the tropics as the bacteria thrives in hotter climates and can survive for longer. Leptospirosis causes many symptoms in infected people, such a high fever, vomiting, head aches as well as visible signs in the form of rashes and even jaundice.
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