Chlamydiae

Chlamydiae
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Chlamydia trachomatis
Scientific classification
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Families

Chlamydiaceae
Parachlamydiaceae
Simkaniaceae
Waddliaceae
Rhabdochlamydiaceae

Chlamydiae is a bacterial phylum and class whose members are obligate intracellular pathogens. All known Chlamydiae only grow by infecting eukaryotic host cells. They are as small or smaller than many viruses. Most intracellular Chlamydiae are located in an inclusion body or vacuole.