Written by Dentistry Today Tuesday, 28 February 2012 15:51
A recently identified type of bacterium could have devastating effects.
The bacterium, which inhabits the oral cavity, could result in major health problems, according to the International Journal of Systemic and Evolutionary Microbiology. The discovery will enable scientists to figure out the way it works and the risks it poses.
This type of bacterium was pinpointed by a research team at the Institute of Medical Microbiology of the University of Zurich. The bacterium, Streptococcus tigurinus, was separated from the blood of patients who had endocarditis, meningitis and spondylodiscitis. This bacterium is similar to others that inhabit the mouth.