heterotrophic pathogenic Etiologic Agents
-- Also see Etiologic Agents  
Viruses - Helminths - Protozoa - Fungus

Coliform are included here as well as fecal coliform

EPA, WEF and state regulators say these bacteria obey the laws and will not hurt you.
Biohazard Level 2 Laboratory safety handling procedures are required.     

"Now E.coli, the most common germ known to cause infection in humans, also has become
drug resistant outside hospitals." "The bug produces enzymes called beta lactamase and they
physically destroy antibiotics."  "The antibiotics aren't in the food, the resistant bugs are. So food, if
not washed or cooked properly, can become a source of contamination." Collignon proved his point
by culturing his own faeces before and after a recent trip to China. Despite being fastidiously clean,
what he ate produced a drug-resistant strain of E.coli on his return."

By, Jim Bynum                                                                                                          Revised  5/31/2009


In the last twenty-five years,acute Illnesses, chronic sickness and deaths have been caused by
bacteria once thought to be beneficial. New bacteria have emerged and old ones have become very

In 1989 EPA  only acknowledged five bacteria in sludge biosolids and said they did not cause serious
disease: 1) Campylobacter jejuni - Gastroenteritis; 2) Escherichia coli (pathogenic strains)-
Gastroenteritis;  3) Salmonella sp-  Gastroenteritis and enteric fever; 4)  Shigella sp - Gastroenteritis;
5) Vibrio Cholerae - Cholera. EPA continues to fund a multi-millon dollar public relation campaign for
WEF to get public acceptance of bacterial contaminated sludge biosolids disposal on food crops,
school yards, public parks and lawns.

In 1992 published information was limited to, "Most of these pathogens are very deadly to humans and animals.
Although the bacteria pathogens Campylobacter Jejuni and Escherichia primarily cause a relative mild case of
diarrhea, Salmonella, Shigetla and Vibrio cholerae effect the gastrointestinal tract and can be fatal."

Since 1992, all of these bacteria in sludge biosolids have become very deadly and many have taken
on the
necrotizing "flesh eating" characteristics. They also require biohazard level 2 safety
procedures for handling in a laboratory. Necrotizing simply means the bacterial toxins destroy the
soft tissue cells and must be surgically removed to  stop the infection. Graphic images of
soft tissue
infections and necrotizing infections. Many now produce hydrogen sulfide - a poisonous gas.

Why would EPA and WEF claim it is safe for our children to play on these bacterial contaminated
sludge biosolids and reclaimed water disposal sites -- farms, play grounds, school grounds, state
and city parks as well as home lawns?

Bacteria Families: See Glossary of
Infections and bacteria that produce Hydrogen Sulfide (H2S)

Acinetobacter: A. baumannii can be linked to many hospital acquired infections including
skin and wound infections, pneumonia, and meningitis,
necrotizing fasciitis "flesh
  Now produces poisonous Hydrogen Sulfide (H2S) gas.

Actinomycetes: fungus-like bacteria; marked by indolent inflammatory lesions of the lymph nodes
draining the mouth, by intraperitoneal abscesses, or by lung abscesses,
"flesh eating"
. Multiple antibiotic resistance. Now produces poisonous Hydrogen Sulfide (H2S) gas.

Aeromonas: necrotizing "flesh eating". Bacteraemia (bacteria in the blood) is the most common
pathogenic manifestation of Aeromonas in humans.
Suppressed in coliform test. --Drug
Now produces poisonous Hydrogen Sulfide (H2S) gas.

Bacillus : causes anthrax, cause toxin-mediated food poisoning, necrotizing cellulitis "flesh eating"
Drug resistant.

Bacteroides: some species can cause potentially fatal abscesses and bacteremias, necrotizing
fasciitis "flesh eating', Antibiotic resistance.
Now produces poisonous Hydrogen Sulfide (H2S) gas.

Bifidobacterium: a large group of probiotic bacteria. Infections due to some species of
Bifidobacterium include obstetric and gynecological sepsis, peritonitis, pulmonary infections, urinary
tract infections, bacteremia and endocarditis.

Bordetella: causes whooping cough, Bordetella bronchiseptica is usually a cause of pneumonia,
otitis media, and other respiratory infections in animals.
Necrotizing pneumonia "flesh
eating" antibiotic-resistant

BRUCELLA: can enter the body via the skin, respiratory tract, or digestive tract.  enters the blood and
the lymphatics, eventually cause bacteremia (bacterial blood infiltration),
orchitis 'flesh eating", antibiotic-resistant,
Now produces poisonous Hydrogen Sulfide (H2S) gas.

Campylobacter jejuni: leading cause of enteric illness,  infections,  heart valves (endocarditis,
meningitis, pneumonia, miscarriage, and a severe form of Guillain-Barré syndrome,
necrotizing arteritis/periarteritis "flesh eating", antibiotic resistance. Now produces poisonous
Hydrogen Sulfide (H2S) gas.

Cedecea: (coliform) bacteremia, Resistance to antibiotics

Citrobacter: (coliform) infections of the urinary tract and infant meningitis. necrotizing
meningo-encephalitis, multiple antibiotic resistance.
Now produces poisonous Hydrogen Sulfide (H2S)

Clostridium:  causative agent of botulism, important cause of gas gangrene, colitis, and food
,  enteritis, necrotizing "flesh eating" intestinal tissue, Multiply antibiotic-
resistant.  There  was a 35% increase in deaths between 1999 and 2004. Reported mortality
rates from Clostridium difficile disease in the United States increased from 5.7 per
million population in 1999 to 23.7 per million in 2004, (Sept. 2007)
deaths included
septicemia (n = 7,654, 37%), renal failure (n = 4,786, 23%), pneumonia (n = 3,430, 17%), urinary
tract infection (n = 1,496, 7%), and anemia (n = 785, 4%). HIV was reported for 81 CDAD-  
related deaths (<1%).  
Now produces poisonous Hydrogen Sulfide (H2S) gas.

Chromobacterium Sepsis: cause severe life-threatening sepsis with metastatic abscesses similar to

Corynebacterium:  causes diphtheria, granulomatous lymphadenitis, pneumonitis, pharyngitis, skin
infections, and endocarditis,
necrotizing lymphadenitis "flesh eating", resistant to
Now produces poisonous Hydrogen Sulfide (H2S) gas.

Coxiella: Q Fever - hepatitis -  high fevers (up to 104-105° F), severe headache, general malaise, myalgia,
confusion, sore throat, chills, sweats, non-productive cough, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain,
and chest pain. endocarditis --  Organisms are excreted in milk, urine, and feces of infected animals.
organisms are resistant to heat, drying, and many common disinfectants

Cyanobacterial toxins can be classified into two different types: neurotoxins and hepatotoxins.
Neurotoxins include anatoxin-a, anatoxin-a(s) and saxitoxin, and are commonly produced by the
Anabaena and Oscillatoria species. Consumption of large amounts of these toxins by animals or
humans can result in muscle cramps, twitching, paralysis and cardiac or respiratory failure.
Symptoms can appear within a few hours of exposure, but may take up to 36 hours to manifest

Desulfovibrio:  Produces poisonous Hydrogen Sulfide (H2S) gas.

Escherichia coli: (Coliform -- fecal coliform)  E. coli is unique in that the most deadly bacteria  0157:H7
only ferments lactose at 25°C (77°F) , while the coliform test is for bacteria that ferment
lactose at 35°C (95°F ), and the fecal coliform test is for a thermotolerant E. coli bacteria
that ferments lactose at 44.5°C. (112.1°F)

The current  public relation ploy is that because E. coli is a part of the normal gut flora it is
not harmful to humans. However, once E. coli leaves the gut it can be very deadly as in urinary
tract infection or cause sepsis and meningitis in newborns.

As a group E. causes inflammatory diarrhea , destruction of red blood cells and kidney
failure (hemolytic-uremic syndrome), urinary tract infections, bacteremia, meningitis,
severe, lung infection , pneumonia, abscesses  in the lining of the lungs (empyema),
necrotizing "flesh eating"  infections in the urinary tract and the abdominal cavity.

Sequelae of ETEC, EPEC, and EIEC infection are not well described. Enteroaggregative E.
coli may cause chronic diarrhea.
There is no formal surveillance system for diarrheogenic E. coli and most laboratories are
unable to identify them.
Causes clinical mastitis in cattle.
"Tests take 3 to 7 days, depending on the pathogen, officials have said."
Now produces poisonous Hydrogen Sulfide (H2S) gas.

Edwardsiella: (coliform) produces hydrogen sulfide, cause gastroenteritis and wound infections in
necrotizing fasciitis "flesh eating", antibiotic resistance
Now produces poisonous Hydrogen Sulfide (H2S) gas.

Enterobacter: (coliform) cause hospital infections, urinary tract and respiratory tract infections,
necrotizing enterocolitis "flesh eating", antibiotic resistance. Now produces poisonous Hydrogen
Sulfide (H2S) gas.

Enterococci:  cause urinary tract infections, bacteremia, bacterial endocarditis, diverticulitis, and
necrotizing "flesh eating" wound infections. Drug resistant.

EUBACTERIUM:  occasionally causing necrotizing "flesh eating" infection of soft tissue, attack
carbohydrates, endocarditis and wound infections, Antibiotic resistance.
Now produces poisonous
Hydrogen Sulfide (H2S) gas.

Ewingella: (coliform) cause severe, life-threatening bacteremia,  Waterhouse-Friderichsen
syndrome, septicemia (blood poisoning), naturally resistant

Flavobacterium: a penicillin resistant bacterium that can cause neonatal meningitis, Bacteremic
necrotizing fasciitis "flesh eating", Antibiotic Resistance. Now produces poisonous Hydrogen Sulfide
(H2S) gas.

Fusobacterium:  infection in the oral cavity (the mouth), causes of gingivitis, necrotizing "flesh
eating" infections
, liver, lungs, and other tissues, chronic ulcer of the colon, Antibiotic
Now produces poisonous Hydrogen Sulfide (H2S) gas.

Haemophilus: cause of lethal meningitis in infants, acute contagious conjunctivitis, chancroid,
vaginitis, respiratory infection, blood stream, central nervous system, chronic
bronchitis, pneumonia, bacteremia, conjuctivitis, and a host of other illnesses,
Necrotizing fasciitis "flesh eating", Multiple Antibiotic Resistance. Now produces poisonous Hydrogen
Sulfide (H2S) gas.

Hafnia alvei: (coliform)  urinary tract infections, community-acquired cholangitis, cholecystitis,
appendicitis, psoas abscess and prosthetic endocarditis, antibiotic resistance

Helicobacter  is the leading cause of peptic ulcers and chronic gastritis in America, causes
proctitis and colitis, septicemia in neonates and immunocompromised patients; gastric
carcinogenesis, antibiotic resistance.
Now produces poisonous Hydrogen Sulfide (H2S) gas.

Kingella kingae colonizes the respiratory and oropharyngeal tract in children.  Cause invasive
disease, primarily osteomyelitis/septic arthritis in young children, bacteremia in infants,
and endocarditis (heart valves) in school-aged children and adults, lower respiratory
tract infections and meningitis.

Klebsiella: (coliform) antibiotic resistant, urinary tract infection, pneumonia, causes lung destruction,
surgical wound infections,  blood (known as bacteremia), may progress to shock and
death if not treated early in an aggressive fashion,
necrotizing fasciitis, "flesh eating”,
antibiotic resistance.
Now produces poisonous Hydrogen Sulfide (H2S) gas.

Kluyvera: (coliform) cause central venous catheter infection and/or sepsis, urinary tract infection,
enteritis, and,  fatal peritonitis,
necrotizing cholecystitis "flesh eating",  antibiotic

Koserella: (coliform) cause septic knee, bacteremia, antibiotic resistance . Now produces poisonous
Hydrogen Sulfide (H2S) gas.

Legionella: cause respiratory infections, gastrointestinal haemodialysis fistulae, pericarditis,  central
nervous system, wound and skin infections, Bacteraemia, severe pneumonia,
Necrotizing cellulitis "flesh eating", antibiotic-resistant

Leminorella: (coliform) causing Urinary Tact infection,  surgical site infection, soft tissue infection,
primary bacteremia and secondary peritonitis, antibiotic resistance. Now produces poisonous
Hydrogen Sulfide (H2S) gas.

Leptospira: cause lymphocytic meningitis, hepatitis, and nephritis,  varying in severity from a mild
carrier state to fatal disease, antibiotic resistant.
Now produces poisonous Hydrogen Sulfide (H2S) gas.

Listeria: cause Abortion, stillbirth, preterm labor, sepsis, meningitis, CNS infection, diarrheal disease,
Necrotizing ring ulcer "flesh eating", antibiotic resistance  Causes “circling disease” in
cattle and death.

Morganella morganii: (coliform)  M morganii has been associated with urinary tract infections, sepsis,
pneumonia, wound infections, musculoskeletal infections, central nervous system
infections, pericarditis, chorioamnionitis, endophthalmitis, empyema, and spontaneous
bacterial peritonitis,
necrotizing fasciitis "flesh eating", Antibiotic Resistance

Mycobacterium: cause tuberculosis, leprosy, pulmonary disease resembling tuberculosis,
lymphadenitis, skin disease, or disseminated disease,
necrotizing fasciitis "flesh
eating", Antibiotic Resistance

Neisseria: cause meningitis, specific etiologic agent of meningococcal meningitis, gonorrhea,
endotoxin shock, death,
Necrotizing fasciitis "flesh eating", Antimicrobial Resistance.  Now
produces poisonous Hydrogen Sulfide (H2S) gas.

Nocardia is found in soil around the world. It can be contracted by inhaling contaminated dust or via
contamination of a wound with soil containing Nocardia..."
Now produces poisonous Hydrogen Sulfide
(H2S) gas.

PASTEURELLA: etiologic agent of the hemorrhagic septicemias, cellulitis, arthritis, Necrotizing
fasciitis "flesh eating", Antibiotic Resistance.
Now produces poisonous Hydrogen Sulfide (H2S) gas.

Peptostreptococcus: cause septicemic, bones, joints, brain, liver, breast infections,  lung abscesses,
as well as generalized
necrotizing"flesh eating" soft tissue infections. Drug resistant. Now produces
poisonous Hydrogen Sulfide (H2S) gas. Now produces poisonous Hydrogen Sulfide (H2S) gas.

Propionibacterium: cause chronic blepharitis and endophthalmitis, linked to endocarditis, wound
infections, and abscesses, septic arthritis, corneal ulcers, acne,
lymphadenitis "flesh eating", antibacterial resistance.
Now produces poisonous Hydrogen Sulfide
(H2S) gas.

Proteus: (coliform) cause diarrhea of infants, wound and urinary tract infections, cystitis, secondary
invader in various localized suppurative pathologic processes, Antibiotic Resistance.
Now produces
poisonous Hydrogen Sulfide (H2S) gas.

Providencia: (coliform) diarrhea in children, (hospital acquired) urinary tract infections, Necrotizing
skin & soft tissue "flesh eating", Antibiotic resistance

PSEUDOMONAS: colonize the lungs of cystic fibrosis patients, urinary tract infections, sepsis,
pneumonia, pharyngitis,
gangrene, and necrosis "flesh eating". Drug resistant. Now produces poisonous
Hydrogen Sulfide (H2S) gas.

Rahnella: (coliform) acute pyelonephritis, bacteremia from a renal focus, necrotizing fasciitis "flesh
eating", antibiotic resistance

Salmonella: (coliform) cause arterial infections or endocarditis, pneumonia or empyema, urinary tract
infections, meningitis, septic arthritis and osteomyelitis, Enteric fever, rose spots) on
the chest and abdomen,- intracranial, bone and joint, soft tissue, arterial, pancreatic,
gallbladder and liver, kidneys (glomerulitis), the genitourinary tract  infections,
Necrotizing fasciitis "flesh eating", Typhoid {enteric fever), bacteremia, Pneumonia,
heart valves (endocarditis), pericarditis, peritonitis, otitis media, cholecystitis,
endophthalmitis, cutaneous abscesses, and infected cephalhematoma, Antibiotic
Now produces poisonous Hydrogen Sulfide (H2S) gas.

Serratia: (coliform) cause urinary tract infections, wound infections, and pneumonia. Necrotizing
fasciitis "flesh eating",
Drug resistant

Shigella: (coliform) cause watery diarrhea,  develop seizures, eye inflammation and reactive arthritis
(Reiter's syndrome), intestinal perforation may occur, part of the rectum to be pushed
out of the body, Permanent loss of bowel control can result,
Necrotizing "flesh eating"
enterocolitis: antimicrobial resistance. Now produces poisonous Hydrogen Sulfide (H2S) gas.

Staphylococci:  Methicillin-resistant (MSRA), cause toxic shock syndrome, scalded skin syndrome,
septicaemia, genitourinary tract infections,
Necrotizing fasciitis "flesh eating", destroys
white blood cells
, pneumonia, meningitis, boils, arthritis, and osteomyelitis (chronic bone
infection). Drug resistant.
(August 2007) We found an increase in MRSA infections, from 0.2 to 5.9 per 1,000 visits
(p<0.  01); most were community-associated SSTIs. Molecular typing showed that >80% of
MRSA infections were caused by USA300. In addition, SSTI visits increased from 20 to 61 per
1,000 visits (p<0.01). The proportion of SSTI cultures that yielded MRSA increased from
4% to 42%.
Now produces poisonous Hydrogen Sulfide (H2S) gas.  

Streptococci: skin and throat infections, rheumatic fever, glomerulonephritis,  reactive arthritis,
septicemia, streptococcal toxic shock syndrome, and
necrotizing fasciitis "flesh
strep throat, meningitis, bacterial pneumonia, endocarditis, erysipelas,  otitis
media, meningitis, dental abscesses, acute rheumatic fever, scarlet fever, and acute
glomerulonephritis, upper respiratory system, lungs, urogenital infections, tooth decay,
antibiotic resistance.  
Now produces poisonous Hydrogen Sulfide (H2S) gas.

Tatumella: (coliform)  respiratory tract infection, neonatal sepsis, antibiotic resistance

Vibrio: cause  septic blood stream infections, necrotizing "flesh eating" wound infections,
Cellulitis or ulcer formations may result, gastroenteritis, diarrhea, may lead to kidney
failure, shock, coma, and death, Antibiotic resistance

Yersinia: (coliform) cause severe abscess of the lung, diarrhea, hepatic and splenic, Focal (oral)
infections, bacteremia, pharyngitis, meningitis, osteomyelitis, pyomyositis,   
conjunctivitis, pneumonia, acute proliferative glomerulonephritis, peritonitis,
and primary cutaneous,
necrotlzlng "flesh eating" enterocolitis, pseudotuberculosis,
acute gastroenteritis and mesenteric lymphadenitis, arthritis, septicemia, and
erythema nodosum, Reiter's syndrome, black plague, Antibiotic resistance.
Now produces poisonous
Hydrogen Sulfide (H2S) gas.