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Description:This is a photomicrograph depicts a blood smear that revealed the presence of Gram-negative Yersinia pestis plague bacteria.
Note the characteristic bipolar, "safety-pin"-like appearance of the Y. pestis organisms. People usually get plague from being bitten by a rodent flea that is carrying the plague bacterium, or by handling an infected animal.
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Content Providers(s):CDC/ Dr. Jack Poland
Creation Date:1975
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Links:CDC - National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases; Division of Vector-Borne Infectious Diseases; Plague Home Page
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