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Impact of Bacterial Biofilm in Veterinary Medicine

Impact of Bacterial Biofilm in Veterinary Medicine

Bacterial biofilm is a structured community of bacterial cells enclosed in a self-produced matrix, which adheres to living or non-living surfaces 🦠


In veterinary medicine, bacterial biofilms can affect numerous organ systems, including the skin, reproductive, respiratory, urinary, and others 🦠


Here are some key impacts of biofilms in veterinary medicine:


1️⃣ Persistent Infections: Biofilms cause chronic and recurring infections in animals, as they are highly resistant to antibiotics.


2️⃣ Treatment Challenges: Microbial cells within biofilms show 10–1000 times more antibiotic resistance than planktonic cells.


3️⃣ Zoonotic Potential: Biofilms increase the risk of pathogen transfer from animals to humans.


4️⃣ Emergence of Multidrug-Resistant Bacteria: Biofilms worsen the problem of multidrug-resistant bacteria.


Understanding the effects of biofilms in #veterinarymedicine is crucial for developing effective preventive measures and treatment strategies 🦠


About the author Dr. Aline Santana is a Brazilian veterinarian with over 12 years of experience in both research and private dermatology practice. In 2021, she completed her PhD in veterinary dermatology at the University of São Paulo (Brazil), with a sandwich period at the University of Minnesota, where she conducted research on the skin microbiome of cats. Since 2012, she has been an active member of the Brazilian Society of Veterinary Dermatology (SBDV). From 2015 to 2021, Dr. Santana served as the director of social media marketing, contributing to the organization's outreach and communication efforts.


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