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Description: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 for the bacteria’s unipolar mode of motility.
P. aeruginosa is a common cause of healthcare-associated infections including pneumonia, bloodstream infections, urinary tract infections, and surgical site infections.

Some strains of P. aeruginosa have been found to be resistant to nearly all or all antibiotics including aminoglycosides, cephalosporins, fluoroquinolones, and carbapenems.

Approximately 8% of all healthcare-associated infections reported to CDC’s National Healthcare Safety Network are caused by P. aeruginosa.

About 13% of severe healthcare-associated infections caused by P. aeruginosa are multidrug resistant, meaning several classes of antibiotics no longer cure these infections.

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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 - National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (NCEZID); Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion (DHQP); Healthcare-associated Infections (HAIs): Pseudomonas infections
CDC – CDC News Room; Digital Press Kit: i>”Untreatable: Today’s Drug-Resistant Health Threats”
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Copyright Restrictions:None - This image is in the public domain and thus free of any copyright restrictions. As a matter of courtesy we request that the content provider be credited and notified in any public or private usage of this image.

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