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Description:This illustration depicts a three-dimensional (3D) computer-generated image of a fluconazole-resistant specie from the genus of fungal organisms, Candida. In this particular view, you’ll note that there are clusters, as well as single blastoconidia, which are the asexually-produced reproductive cells that are produced through the process of budding, which are attached to the septate hyphal filaments. The artistic recreation was based upon scanning electron microscopic (SEM) imagery.
Some Candida strains are increasingly resistant to first-line and second-line antifungal treatment agents. Recent data demonstrate a marked shift among infections towards Candida species with increased resistance to antifungal drugs including azoles and echinocandins.

CDC conducts multicenter surveillance for antifungal resistance in the United States, candidal infections, their economic impact, and possible areas where prevention and control strategies can be focused.

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Content Providers(s):CDC/ James Archer
Creation Date:2013
Photo Credit:U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - Medical Illustrator
Links:CDC - CDC News Room; Digital Press Kit - Untreatable: Today’s Drug-Resistant Health Threats
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