An Introduction to Microbiology
Keywords:Microbiology, microbe, infectious disease
Microbes are life forms so small that millions of them can fit into the eye of a needle. Experts say that infectious diseases caused by microbes are responsible for more worldwide deaths than any other cause (niaid.nih.gov 2002). Yet, at the same time, our survival depends on them in a delicate and sometimes complex relationship. Microbes are ubiquitous and are found in virtually every habitat on earth, from the boiling waters of deep–sea thermal vents, to the insides of our bodies, to the very air we breathe.
Understanding some elementary concepts about microbiology is crucial for anyone wishing to be an effective wildlife rehabilitator. Although sometimes a weighty topic, it is nevertheless imperative that all team members in a wildlife rehabilitation organization have some basic knowledge of microbes and disease processes. The intent of this paper is to educate both wildlife novices and professionals on some very important, but oft–neglected, issues. This introduction is the first in a series of articles dealing with microbiology and wildlife.
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