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Spirochaete bacterium, Treponema

Spirochaete bacterium, Treponema

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DR LINDA STANNARD, UCT / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY DR LINDA STANNARD, UCT / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption

Spirochaete. Coloured transmission electron micrograph (TEM) of a spirochaete (Treponema sp. ) bacterium. This bacterium is from the mouth of a person with periodontal disease. This elongated spiral-shaped bacterium (spirochaete) lacks a rigid cell wall. Pathogenic species of Treponema include T. pallidum which causes syphilis; T. carateum which causes the skin disease "pinta" in tropical America; and T. pertenue which causes yaws in Africa. In syphilis, the bacteria may be found in most parts of the body. Negatively stained. Magnification unknown.

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