Chloe Chlamydia: a Bacterial Adventure

Chloe Chlamydia: a Bacterial Adventure

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Chloe is a persistent, sneaky, and quick acting bacteria. Once Kelli contracts her, she will engage in a battle with the immune system that will leave you at the edge of your seat.

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  • hi everyone!! I'm a Chlamydia bacteria, but you can call me Chloe. Tonight we are going on an adventure!
  • the first line of non-specific defense is the acidity and mucus, that tries to trap me, inside the vagina. but that wont stop me!
  • be careful, I'm SUPER CONTAGIOUS! 
  • you see, Sam here is infected with CHLAMYDIA! chlamydia is a bacterial infection 
  • I'm most commonly found in developing countries
  • you see, I'm a Sexually Transmitted Disease. I can be transferred through oral, vaginal, or anal sex, and specifically through the penis, vagina, cervix, urethra, anus, throat, and even EYES!
  • oops
  • oh no!
  • one can prevent against me using a condom or a dental dam. but because they did not use protection or have proper communication of sexual history, Sam spread me to Kelli. If left untreated, I can cause PERMANENT damage to the reproductive system!
  • but because Chlamydia is often asymptomatic, I didn't even know I had it! I had unprotected sex with a new partner in months... have I had it for that long?
  • ouch! I am experiencing abnormal discharge, burning during urination, lower belly pain, and unusual sores! I must get antibiotics from my doctor after a diagnosis using an NAAT
  • I'm stubborn and will linger even after symptoms have subsided
  • but, what many don't know is that they have to take the FULL COURSE of antibiotics to get rid of me!
  • thanks for sending the message, macrophage. I'm the helper T cell. I will help form Effective T Cells to mediate the immune response, and Memory T Cells, so we will never see Chloe around here again!
  • oh no! the macrophage has eaten me! now he will display my antigens so I'm easier to identify. the whole system will know me! good thing I duplicated...
  • You've awakened the immune response. I'm coming after your antigens, which is the trace you left behind!
  • I'm the B cell, prepare to be tagged with homemade antibodies specially designed to weaken your power and to identify you easier to DESTROY!
  • I have infected all these healthy cells!
  • the B cell caught me and enabled the humoral immune response before I could harm...
  • I, the natural killer cell, have spotted you as the infected cell ceases to produce the major histone compatibility complex protein! I must send perforin to kill you!
  • POOF!
  • nooo!
  • I'm the almighty memory cell, to make sure that, with proper usage of antibiotics, Chloe will NEVER return here again. this is called natural immunity. unfortunately, there is not a vaccine against her yet, which accounts for artificial immunity. we successfully have her antigens on file and will have a much quicker immune response next time she wants to come around. we're ready.
  • hey, its the cytotoxic T cell. you guys are infected BEYOND REPAIR. I'll have to secrete cytotoxins and perforin to get rid of you!
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