Morphology: Gram-negative rod with a capsule
Habitat: Worldwide distribution in moist environments – lives in water, soil, and on plants, fruits and vegetables.
Disease or illness: Causes infections ranging from minor skin infections, like swimmer’s ear and “hot tub” folliculitis (inflammation of hair follicles) to serious bloodstream infections and pneumonia
Who is at risk: People with weakened immune systems due to other disease or medications; children with cystic fibrosis, and hospitalized patients
Avoidance techniques: Avoid hot tubs with cloudy water.