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Diphtheria bacteria, TEM

Diphtheria bacteria, TEM

B220/1305

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ALFRED PASIEKA / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY ALFRED PASIEKA / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

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Diphtheria bacteria. Coloured transmission electron micrograph of a section through a group of Corynebacterium diphtheriae bacteria, the causative agent of the disease diphtheria. The Gram-positive bacteria are inhaled or contracted by direct contact with an infected person. It produces a toxin that causes a sore throat, breathing difficulties and fever. It may also lead to heart damage, and can be fatal. Antibiotic drugs can treat the disease, and it is rare in the developed world. Magnification: x20,000 at 6x4.5cm size.

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