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Re: T rex bites your bum

Phil Bigelow (bigelowp@juno.com) wrote:

<I hope I'm not perpetuating another urban myth by stating this, but I've read
that human bites often create more serious infections in people than do dog

  Well, for an example, here are common _surface_ bacteria in humans:


  "The oral flora of humans may harm their host since some of these bacteria
   parasites or opportunistic pathogens. If certain oral bacteria are able to
   invade tissues not normally accessible to them, characteristic diseases
   result. For example, oral organisms gaining entrance into tissues (e.g. via
   surgical wounds) may cause abscesses of alveolar bone, lung, brain or the
   extremities. Such infections usually contain mixtures of bacteria with
   *Bacteroides melaninogenicus* often playing a dominant role. Also, oral
   streptococci may be introduced into wounds created by dental manipulation or
   treatment. If this occurs in an individual with damaged heart valves due to
   rheumatic fever (previously induced by streptococci), the oral streptococci
   may adhere to the damaged heart valves and initiate subacute bacterial

  This discusses experiments of swabbing canine mouths for oral flora.


Jaime A. Headden

  Little steps are often the hardest to take.  We are too used to making leaps 
in the face of adversity, that a simple skip is so hard to do.  We should all 
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