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Serratia marcescens bacteria, computer illustration. Serratia spp. Gram-negative bacteria, they occur as commensal fauna in the intestinal mucous membranes of man and mammals. S. marcescens is occasionally pathogenic in humans, presenting in long term, chronically sick patients where they may cause septicaemia. Previous medical interest in Serratia sp. existed only because they were likely to be identified in areas where other potential pathogens were found, and needed to be isolated.
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