and I begin to wonder why certain pathogens only wreck havoc with certain body systems. Cholera, for instance, is a disease of the gatrointestinal system. Is that only because the method of transmission is by eating or drinking something in which the pathogens are floating around? If you inhaled cholera germs would you get infected and develop “bloody flux” of the lungs?
Syphillis is a bacterial infection that at first is concentrated in the genitourinary organs but, left untreated, can then damage other systems (I recall that Al Capone died of tertiary syphillis that pretty much ate his brain into swiss cheese). This leads me to believe that the answer may depend upon the organism, but I’m wondering if that’s really the case.