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Elizabethkingia anophelis infection

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Autosomal dominant A pathogenic variant in only one gene copy in each cell is sufficient to cause an autosomal dominant disease.


Autosomal recessive Pathogenic variants in both copies of each gene of the chromosome are needed to cause an autosomal recessive disease and observe the mutant phenotype.


dominant X-linked dominant inheritance, sometimes referred to as X-linked dominance, is a mode of genetic inheritance by which a dominant gene is carried on the X chromosome.


recessive Pathogenic variants in both copies of a gene on the X chromosome cause an X-linked recessive disorder.


Mitochondrial or multigenic Mitochondrial genetic disorders can be caused by changes (mutations) in either the mitochondrial DNA or nuclear DNA that lead to dysfunction of the mitochondria and inadequate production of energy.


Multigenic or multifactor Inheritance involving many factors, of which at least one is genetic but none is of overwhelming importance, as in the causation of a disease by multiple genetic and environmental factors.


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Elizabethkingia anophelis infection is a condition caused by the bacterium, Elizabethkingia anophelis. Signs and symptoms of the infection include fever, shortness of breath, chills, or cellulitis. The bacteria can also cause respiratory tract illness, septicemia (bloodstream infection), and meningitis. Most affected people have other serious underlying health problems that may cause a weakened immune system. The bacteria that is associated with this condition is usually carried by certain types of mosquitos; however, the role of mosquitoes in spreading Elizabethkingia anophelis is unclear. Treatment varies based on the strain of Elizabethkingia anopheles. While some strains are antibiotic-resistant, others may be susceptible to certain combinations of antibiotics.[1][2][3]

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  • You can obtain information on this topic from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC is recognized as the lead federal agency for developing and applying disease prevention and control, environmental health, and health promotion and education activities designed to improve the health of the people of the United States.

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  1. Medscape Editorial Staff. Elizabethkingia Infections. Medscape Reference. April 2016; https://emedicine.medscape.com/article/2500046-overview.
  2. Elizabethkingia. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. April 2016; https://www.cdc.gov/elizabethkingia/about/index.html.
  3. Elizabethkingia. Wisconsin Department of Health Services. May 2016; https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/disease/elizabethkingia.htm.