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What’s worse than one strain of Chlamydia trachomatis? A combination of two strains of C. trachomatis

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A novel strain of Chlamydia trachomatis is actually a combination of two well-known strains –one of them a harmless symbiont.

Reading about Chlamydia is not for the squeamish. In the U.S. alone, as many as 2.8 million people are afflicted with diseases caused by C. trachomatis every year, conditions that range from the merely horrible (like pelvic inflammatory disease) to the utterly gruesome (lymphogranuloma venereum – which can involve the development of abscesses in the groin area). Infection can result in blindness, infertility, sepsis, and death. According to the CDC, treating Chlamydia infections costs Americans more than $10 billion annually. Worldwide, it’s the leading bacterial STD.
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