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Description:Under a high magnification, this digitally-colorized scanning electron microscopic (SEM) image depicts three Gram-negative, anaerobic, Borrelia burgdorferi bacteria, which had been derived from a pure culture.

This pathogenic organism is responsible for causing the illness, Lyme disease, a zoonotic, vector-borne, ailment, transmitted to humans by way of a tick bite.B. burgdorferi belongs to a group of bacteria, called spirochetes, whose appearance resembles a coiled spring.
Lyme disease patients who are diagnosed early and receive proper antibiotic treatment usually recover rapidly and completely. A key component of early diagnosis is recognition of the characteristic Lyme disease rash called erythema migrans. This rash often takes a “bull's-eye” appearances and is observed in about 80% of Lyme disease patients.

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Content Providers(s):CDC/ Claudia Molins
Creation Date:2011
Photo Credit:Jamice Haney Carr
Links:CDC – National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (NCEZID); Division of Vector-Borne Diseases (DVBD): Lyme Disease
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Copyright Restrictions:None - This image is in the public domain and thus free of any copyright restrictions. As a matter of courtesy we request that the content provider be credited and notified in any public or private usage of this image.

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