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Erysipelothrix rhusiopathiae. Coloured trans- mission electron micrograph (TEM) of the bacteria Erysipelothrix rhusiopathiae, a species of bacteria causing the skin disease erysipeloid. Individual bacteria are non-motile, rod-shaped, Gram- positive and have a tendency to clump together. Persons working in the fish, poultry or meat processing industries are vulnerable to infection through skin wounds. Symptoms of painful swelling and inflammation are usually confined to the area around the wound. Treatment is with the antibiotic penicillin. Magnification: x7, 000 at 35mm size.
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