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Chlamydia

Pathogens which can cause various diseases. In Europe and North America one of them causes a common venereal disease, a certain form of urethritis, more common than gonorrhoea. Ten to twenty days after infection in men the penis discharges a slimy fluid containing pus, caused by inflammation of the urethra, and associated with frequent urination and pain when doing so. The inflammation can spread to the prostate and the epididymis. Chlamydia can also cause urethritis in women, but more often results in cervical inflammation and grey vaginal discharge. The infection can spread to the womb and the Fallopian tubes, resulting in fever, stomach ache and nausea. Infection of the Fallopian tubes can lead to infertility. Babies born of mothers with this disease can themselves be infected during birth. Between the fifth and fourteenth days of life a slight inflammation of the eyes occurs, and sometimes inflammation of the ears and lungs. The infection usually clears up without residual symptoms. Chlamydia in a different form are also responsible for psittacosis, which is passed by birds to man through contaminated material. In human beings it causes pneumonia, with coughing, fever and headaches. In the tropics and subtropics chlamydia cause other conditions only seen in Europe in visitors. Lymphogranuloma venereum is a venereal disease characterized by one or several genital ulcers and swelling of the lymph nodes in the groin. Fever and cold shivers often occur.

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