Vibrio Cholerae


Taxonomic Levels


Kingdom: Bacteria

Phylum: Proteobacteria

Class: Gammaproteobacteria

Order: Vibrionales

Family: Vibrenaceae

Genus: Vibrio

Species: Cholerae

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Vibrio Cholera is a rod bacteria, and is gram negative because it has a thin cell wall of peptidoglycan, as well as losing the crystal violet color in Gram's method of staining.


Cholera can be a deadly disease for the unprepared. The bacteria first makes it's home in the intestine. Cholera then begins by creating a protein called Cholera Toxin that can cause watery diarrhea. Other symptoms include dehydration, nausea, and vomiting. In untreated cases has a 50% mortality rate, but with modern medicine its has a less than 1% mortality rate. For treatment, hydration and replacing of fluids is the main method, but antibiotics can be used to lesson the effects.
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Molluscum Contagiosum

Molluscum Contaglosum is a poxvirus, and has no special structures. It is spread through skin to skin contact and sexual activity. Most people's immunes systems can fight it off, but if not the virus will start having visable affects in 2-7 weeks. The virus causing painless almost wart like smooth bumps on the skin that can be in larger or small groups. Although there is cream or surgery available to remove the bumps, most people wait it out until they eventually disapear. There is a 0% mortality rate is it does not kill.


1. My bacteria is prokaryote because it has no true nucleus and no distinct organells

2. Venn Diagram:

Cholera Both Molluscum

-living -causes symptoms -non fatal or painful

-can be fatal -can be cured -symptoms are visable

3. Bacteria are living because they contain all the characteristics of life, whereas virus contain only certain characteristics, such as DNA, and the the ability to adapt for example.

Summary: I believe that my bacteria, vibrio cholerae is more deadly than my virus molluscum contaglosum. The main reason for this is the symptoms. Cholera causes dehydration, which can be a rapid killer to the unaware. It also causes diarrhea resulting in the loss of vital fluids. Paired with dehydration it is deadly to those without proper knowledge of it. Even though it is far less fatal due to modern medicine, it still beats molluscum since it does not have any fatal of even painful symptoms.



Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 11 May 2015. Web. 14 Sept. 2016.

@healthline. "Molluscum Contagiosum." Healthline. N.p., n.d. Web. 14 Sept. 2016.