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False-colour transmission electron micrograph (TEM) of Neisseria gonorrhoeae (the gonococcus) the species of bacteria causing sexually- transmitted disease gonorrhoea. Individual bacterium are Gram-negative, non-motile, kidney- shaped & are typically found in pairs (centre). Infection occurs through genital mucous membranes of either sex: symptoms include pain on passing urine, a discharge of pus from penis (men) & vagina (women - some women experience no initial symptoms). If untreated, infection spreads & may cause sterility (women): severe inflammation of urethra (men) may prevent passage of urine. Magnification: x32,000 at 6x7cm size.
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