Escherichia coli bacteria

Escherichia coli bacteria

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Caption: Escherichia coli. Transmission Electron Micrograph (negative stain) of Escherichia coli bacteria. E. coli are Gram-negative rod-shaped bacilli. Those seen here possess long hair-like flagella (allowing motility) and capsules (dark grey). E. coli occur normally in the gut flora of humans and warm-blooded animals. Some strains are, however, pathogenic. These bacteria were isolated from a newborn baby with meningitis (infection of the membranes enclosing the brain and spinal cord). They possess an acidic polysaccharide in the capsule which is a known virulence factor found in E.coli strains causing purulent meningitis. Magnification x30,000 at 10x8inch size

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