Friday, February 8, 2013

Bacterium that Causes Gas Gangrene

The bacterium that causes gas gangrene is the Clostridium perfringens, which is a Gram-negative rod-shaped anaerobic bacterium (bacillus). It is found widely in nature: humid soil, stagnant water, milk, and the human and animal intestinal tract. Contributing to the decomposition of organic materials, Clostridium perfringens multiplies upon the death of the living organism, releasing toxins that cause accumulation of gases in the dead body. It is responsible for the bloatedness conditions of corpses and gangrened limbs.