Mycobacterium leprae

Facts of the Culprit

General physical description- A rod shape with no flagellum

Organism’s m.o.- able to bind to nasal epithelial cells by binding to a soluble protein, fibronectin, that binds to fibronectin receptors on the surface of the epithelial cell

Most common victims- Human extremities and armadillos.

Hide out of the culprit: where it is most likely to be found- Hids in epithelial cells, nonmyelin producing Schwann cells around peripheral nerves in the hands and feet, and occasionally the upper respiratory tract, testes, and cornea, causing the disease leprosy, and in lower temperature extremities.

Most common injury- Affects the skin, nerves, upper respiratory system, and eyes. Causes phalanges to fall off, painless large wounds, and blister all over the body but mainly on the feet and hands.

Is it considered armed and dangerous?- High levels of damage caused to lost of limbs and open wounds that could cause more infections.

Number of victims the bacterium- 180, 618 cases in 2013

Most effective weapons against- Multidrug Therapy

Any other identifying characteristics- He wears a bowler hat wears a leather jacket.
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