Meet Chlamydia

 
Sort of. This critter can be found at  Giant Microbes

Sort of. This critter can be found at Giant Microbes

 
 
TEM image of  Chlamydia  © Priscilla Wyrick

TEM image of Chlamydia
© Priscilla Wyrick

More correctly

Chlamydia are small (1 µm) gram negative bacteria that have unique properties among microbes. They are intracellular obligates, meaning they can only grow inside host cells. 

 
 

Chlamydia is not just a nuisance

It is a major global public health threat

Chlamydia trachomatis is the most commonly reported disease (U.S.)

Chlamydia is the leading cause of bacterial sexually transmitted infection. 

Young women are disproportionately at risk for severe outcomes from C. trachomatis infection.

Chlamydia are also responsible for ocular and respiratory infections, and have been linked to atherosclerosis and arthritis.

 

Who/What gets Chlamydia?

 
Humans, as we've covered

Humans, as we've covered

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Sheep

Sheep

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Yes, koalas

Yes, koalas

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Parrots and other birds

Parrots and other birds

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Cats

Cats

Salmon and other fish

Salmon and other fish

Pigs

Pigs

even amoebae!

even amoebae!

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Just to name a few

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Chlamydia is everywhere.

We want to eliminate it.

Guinea pigs

Guinea pigs

Turtles

Turtles