Mycobacterium leprae bacteria

Mycobacterium leprae bacteria

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Caption: Mycobacterium leprae. Transmission Electron Micro- graph (TEM) of a section through a group of Mycobacterium leprae bacteria, cause of leprosy. Also known as Hansen's disease. Each bacterium cut through appears rounded, but they are rod-shaped Gram- positive bacilli. The disease is spread in droplets of nasal mucus and a person is infectious only during the first stages of leprosy. The bacteria incubates for 3- 5 years. Nerve damage usually occurs in limbs and facial areas, which may lead to skin damage, blindness, and disfigure- ment. Drug treatment kills the bacteria, but surgery may be required. Vaccines are being tested. Magnification: x300,000 at 7x9 inch size.

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