False-colour SEM of lyme disease bacteria

False-colour SEM of lyme disease bacteria

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Caption: Lyme disease. False-colour scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of spirochaete bacteria Borrelia burgdorferi, the cause of lyme disease in humans. This bacteria can be isolated in the midgut lumen (cavity) of an infected tick. The spiral-shaped bacteria (yellow, worm-like objects seen here) are passed on to humans via tick bite. Several species of tick have so far been found to harbour these bacteria: the principle vector is Ixodes ricinus in Europe; I. dammini & I. pacificus in N.America. These ticks can infest dogs. Symptoms of lyme disease include fever, lethargy, muscle pains, followed by joint inflammation & acute arthritis. Antibiotic and corticosteroid drugs offer a cure.

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Keywords: bacteria, bacterial, bacteriology, bacterium, borrelia, borrelia burgdorferi, false-coloured, infect, lyme disease, lyme disease bacterium, micro-organisms, microbe, microbes, microbiology, scanning electron micrograph, sem, type

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