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Lyme disease bacteria. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of Borrelia kurtenbachii bacteria (yellow), the cause of Lyme disease. These spirochaete (spiral-shaped) bacteria are passed to humans through the bites of infected Ixodes sp. ticks. Symptoms of Lyme disease include skin lesions, muscle pain, neurological and cardiac abnormalities, and arthritis. Treatments include antibiotic and corticosteroid drugs. Magnification: x4600 when printed 10 centimetres wide.
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