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Ch 9: Foodborne Diseases and Bacterial Infections of the Gastrointestinal Tract

About This Chapter

The objective of this chapter's lessons are to help you improve your understanding of various foodborne illnesses, gastrointestinal tract infections and their symptoms. Studying this assessment will boost your knowledge of related information you will review in your microbiology class.

Foodborne Diseases and Bacterial Infections of the Gastrointestinal Tract - Chapter Summary

Foodborne bacteria can cause both minor health issues and serious illness, from cavities to deadly food poisoning. Use the lessons of this chapter to learn more about the differences between some of these foodborne diseases and gastrointestinal tract bacterial infections. Each lesson is mobile device-compatible and comes with an easy-to-use lesson quiz to provide you with a versatile and effective way to reinforce and test your understanding of the topics. The various diseases and health issues you will study in these lessons include:

  • Recognizing the causes of cavities and tooth decay
  • Identifying various types of foodborne illnesses
  • Knowing the symptoms of typhoid fever
  • Understanding how cholera is spread
  • Discovering the causes and symptoms of ulcers
  • Understanding how bacteria shigella can cause dysentery
  • Identifying staphylococcus aureus as a cause of food poisoning

8 Lessons in Chapter 9: Foodborne Diseases and Bacterial Infections of the Gastrointestinal Tract
Cavities and Tooth Decay: Bacterial Causes of Common Dental Issues

1. Cavities and Tooth Decay: Bacterial Causes of Common Dental Issues

Did you know that getting cavities in your teeth is an infectious disease? Cavities are a result of bacteria in the genus Streptococcus. In this lesson, we will examine how bacteria contribute to tooth decay.

What Is a Foodborne Illness? - Definition and Common Types

2. What Is a Foodborne Illness? - Definition and Common Types

In this lesson we will discuss illness caused by consuming contaminated foods. This will include defining the little known difference between food poisoning and food infection.

E. Coli: Common Strains and Pathogenic Varieties of E. Coli Bacteria

3. E. Coli: Common Strains and Pathogenic Varieties of E. Coli Bacteria

For each bacterial species, like E. coli, there can be many different strains. In this lesson we will discuss the common pathogenic strains of E. coli.

Typhoid Fever: Symptoms, Causes and Salmonella Typhi

4. Typhoid Fever: Symptoms, Causes and Salmonella Typhi

Have you ever heard of the infamous Typhoid Mary, a cook responsible for spreading disease to over a thousand unlucky diners? In this lesson, we will learn about typhoid fever and the causative organism Salmonella enterica serovar Typhi.

What Is Cholera? - Disease Symptoms and Vibrio Cholerae

5. What Is Cholera? - Disease Symptoms and Vibrio Cholerae

Throughout history, outbreaks of cholera have devastated populations all over the world. In this first of two lessons, we will begin our investigation of cholera by looking at the bacterial species that causes the disease: Vibrio cholerae.

What Is an Ulcer: Causes, Symptoms and Helicobacter pylori

6. What Is an Ulcer: Causes, Symptoms and Helicobacter pylori

Once thought to be caused by a stressful life and spicy foods, stomach ulcers have been causing severe pain in people for years. In this lesson, we will look at the bacteria Helicobacter pylori, now confirmed to be the real cause of most stomach ulcers.

Dysentery and the Bacteria Shigella: Symptoms & Causes

7. Dysentery and the Bacteria Shigella: Symptoms & Causes

You can catch all sorts of diseases from fecal-oral contamination. Shigella is a human fecal bacteria that can cause a potentially fatal dysentery by consuming as few as 10 cells, an amount far too small to ever notice.

Food Poisoning from Staphylococcus Aureus Bacteria

8. Food Poisoning from Staphylococcus Aureus Bacteria

Staphylococcus aureus is a deadly bacteria often associated with life-threatening infections. Did you know that S. aureus can also cause food poisoning? In this lesson, we'll explore this often overlooked foodborne illness.

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