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Description:This transmission electron microscopic (TEM) image revealed some of the ultrastructural morphology displayed by a spiral-shaped Treponema pallidum spirochete. Note the 1ยต (micrometer), hand drawn measurement indicator. T. pallidum is the causative agent of syphilis. It contains one of the smallest prokaryotic genomes consisting of about 1000 kilobase pairs.
The Syphilis Elimination Effort (SEE) is a national initiative that brings together health care providers, policy makers, community leaders and state and local public health agencies, to reduce syphilis rates in the United States. Working together, we have a unique opportunity to control this devastating disease, reduce the transmission of HIV, and protect unborn infants.
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Content Providers(s):CDC/ Susan Lindsley
Creation Date:1972
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Links:CDC - National Center for HIV, STD and TB Prevention
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