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Description:Produced by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), this digitally-colorized scanning electron microscopic (SEM) image depicts a green-colored, spiral-shaped Borrelia hermsii bacterium set atop a number of red-colored red blood cells (RBCs). B. hermsii is the causative agent of tick-borne relapsing fever (TBRF). Please see the Flickr link below for additional NIAID photomicrographs of various bacteria.
TBRF is a bacterial infection caused by certain species of Borrelia spirochetes and transmitted through the bite of Ornithodoros ticks. The symptoms include recurring episodes of fever, headache, muscle and joint aches, and nausea. TBRF occurs in the western United States and is usually linked to sleeping in rustic, rodent-infested cabins in mountainous areas. Louse-borne relapsing fever is transmitted by the human body louse and is generally restricted to refugee settings in developing regions of the world.
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Content Providers(s):National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)
Creation Date:2014
Photo Credit:National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)
Links:CDC – National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (NCEZID); Division of Vector-Borne Diseases (DVBD); Tick-borne Relapsing Fever (TBRF)
Flickr –National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID); Microbes; Images of Bacteria
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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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