Coxiella burnettii in placental cell. TEM

Coxiella burnettii in placental cell. TEM

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Caption: False colour transmission electron micrograph of Coxiella burnettii growing in a placental cell. C. burnettii is an organism that lies between the bacteria and viruses. It is the cause of an highly infectious influenza-like illness with pneumonic consolidation named Q fever. It is transmitted to humans via sheep, goats & cattle. Human infection is by inhalation of dust or droplets contaminated from the excreta or other products of infected animals, or by ingestion of infected milk. The organism survives desiccation & is heat resistant. A complication of Q fever is chronic endocarditis. Magnification: x1,875 at 35mm size. Yellow tint

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Keywords: bacteria, bacteria-like organism, bacterial, bacteriology, bacterium, caused by c. burnettii, coxiella burnettii, electron micrograph, endocarditis, infect, micro-organisms, microbe, microbes, microbiology, q fever, tem, transmission, transmission electron micrograph

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