Back to the beginning

It is always interesting reading the original publications- a sort of history of infectious disease- for commonplace infection control problems today

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A fascinating read (and a challenge for the French skills!) looking back at the original description of Pseudomonas aeruginosa by Carle Gessard, who isolated the bacterium from patient wound dressings that were turning blue and green.

Gessard, C. Sur les colorations bleue et verte des lignes a pansements. Comptes Rendus de l'Académie des Sciences 94, 536-538, (1882)

Isolation of the opportunistic bacterium from tap components has also been reported since 1961 (Wilson, M. G., Nelson, R. C., Phillips, L. H. & Boak, R. A. New source of Pseudomonas aeruginosa in a nursery. JAMA 175, 1146-1148, (1961))

It is certainly interesting to follow the story of problems that still challenge the health system today.

Photograph of P. aeruginosa isolated from tap water.

Chloe F Hutchins

PhD student, Public Health England/ University of Southampton

I am a PhD student investigating bacterial biofilms in hospital water distributing systems and the factors contributing to this, specialising in Pseudomonas aeruginosa.


Go to the profile of Andrew Jermy
almost 6 years ago
Thanks for sharing, interesting read for the journey home!