ID#: 16876
Note: This illustration was updated in CDC’s Antibiotic Resistance Threats in the United States, 2019 (AR Threats Report). See PHIL 23249, or the link below.

This illustration depicts a three-dimensional (3D) computer-generated image of three multidrug-resistant, Pseudomonas aeruginosa bacteria. The artistic recreation was based upon scanning electron microscopic (SEM) imagery. Note the presence of numbers of thin, diaphanous fimbriae emanating from the organisms’ cell wall, as well as a single, corkscrew-shaped flagellum, which provides the bacteria with a unipolar mode of motility.

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Content Provider(s): CDC/ Antibiotic Resistance Coordination and Strategy Unit
Creation Date: 2013
Photo Credit: Jennifer Oosthuizen - Medical Illustrator
Links: PHIL 23249: Multidrug-resistant, Pseudomonas aeruginosa bacteria
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Copyright Restrictions: None - This image is in the public domain and thus free of any copyright restrictions.