Clostridium botulinum bacteria

Clostridium botulinum bacteria

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Caption: Clostridium botulinum. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of Clostridium botulinum, the bacteria that causes a life-threatening type of food-poisoning called botulism. C. botulinum is strictly anaerobic, gram-positive, and has rod- shaped cells (bacilli). The species occurs natur- ally in the soil but can also flourish in badly preserved canned meat. Botulism is caused by a powerful toxin produced by the bacteria, which poisons the central nervous system and can cause lethal heart or lung failure. The toxin is destroyed by cooking although the bacteria can survive heat in the form of spores. Magnification x15000 at 35mm size.

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Keywords: anaerobic, anaerobic bacteria, bacteria, bacterial, bacteriology, bacterium, botulism, clostridium, clostridium botulinum, food poisoning, gram-positive bacteria, micro-organisms, microbe, microbes, microbiology, scanning electron micrograph, sem, type

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