False-col TEM of Cryptosporidia sp

False-col TEM of Cryptosporidia sp

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Credit: LONDON SCHOOL OF HYGIENE & TROPICAL MEDICINE/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY.

Caption: False colour transmission electron micrograph (TEM), showing a stage in the life-cycle of Cryptosporidia, a parasitic sporozoan (protozoan) causing acute diarrhoea in man, which can arise as a secondary, opportunistic infection in persons suffering from AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome).The oocyst (obtained from faeces of AIDS patient) has ruptured, releasing the infective sporozoite (top right).The AIDS virus depletes the victim's immune system by somehow destroying the population of T4 "helper" lymphocytes that trigger the destruction of foreign microorganisms that in- vade the body. Magnification: X5,300 at 35mm size. Original is BW print M112/019.

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Keywords: acquired immune deficiency, aids, condition, cryptosporidiosis, cryptosporidium sp., disease, disorder, healthcare, human, intest., medical, medicine, opportunistic infection, parasite, protozoan, sporozoa, syndrome

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