Coloured TEM of Clostridium difficile bacterium

Coloured TEM of Clostridium difficile bacterium

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Caption: False-colour transmission electron micrograph of the bacterium Clostridium difficile, which is an anaerobic, spore-forming, Gram-positive bacillus. The species produces an exotoxin which causes pseudomembranous colitis (PMC). The severity of the symptoms of PMC are very varied. They include diarrhoea, abdominal tenderness, & fever. PMC can be fatal if not treated promptly. Rarely, the disease develops spontaneously in otherwise healthy individuals. Most commonly it occurs as a complication of antibiotic treatment, where the disturbance of the balance of the intestinal flora sometimes permits proliferation of Clostridium difficile. Magnification: x4725 at 35mm size. Yellow tint. Original is B220/239.

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Keywords: bacteria, bacterial, bacteriology, bacterium, clostridium difficile, electron micrograph, hospital acquired infection, micro-organisms, microbe, microbes, microbiology, pseudomembranous colitis, tem, transmission

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