ID#: 16869
Note: This image was updated in CDC’s Antibiotic Resistance Threats in the United States, 2019 (AR Threats Report). See PHIL 23242, or the link below.

This illustration depicts a three-dimensional (3D), computer-generated image of a group of extended-spectrum ß-lactamase-producing (ESBLs) Enterobacteriaceae bacteria, in this case, Escherichia coli. The artistic recreation was based upon scanning electron microscopic (SEM) imagery. This is an excellent visual example of the long, whip-like, peritrichous flagellae, sprouting from what appear to be random points on the organism’s exterior, as well as the numerous shorter, and finer fimbriae, imparting a furry look to the bacteria.

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Content Provider(s): CDC/ Antibiotic Resistance Coordination and Strategy Unit
Creation Date: 2013
Photo Credit: Alissa Eckert - Medical Illustrator
Links: PHIL 23242: Extended-spectrum ß-lactamase-producing (ESBL) Escherichia coli bacteria
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Copyright Restrictions: None - This image is in the public domain and thus free of any copyright restrictions.