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Produced by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), this digitally colorized scanning electron microscopic (SEM) image depicts a number of yellow colored, Yersinia pestis bacteria, that had gathered on the proventricular spines of a Xenopsylla cheopis flea. These spines line the interior of the proventriculus, a part of the flea’s digestive system. The Y. pestis bacterium is the pathogen that causes bubonic plague. Please see the Flickr link below, for additional NIAID photomicrographs of various bacteria.
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Content Providers(s):National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)
Creation Date:2011
Photo Credit:National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)
Links:Flickr –National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID); Microbes; Images of Various Microbes
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