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This transmission electron microscopic (TEM) image depicts a number of Gram-negative Elizabethkingia anophelis bacteria, which had been isolated from specimens obtained during the 2016 outbreak in Wisconsin. Note this organism’s characteristically wavy cell wall. This view shows us that some of the bacteria had been cut longitudinally, and some transaxially, i.e., perpendicular to the long axis.
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Elizabethkingia anophelis rarely causes diseases in humans, and the 2016 Wisconsin outbreak is said to be the largest public health officials have seen. As of March 14, 2016, E. anophelis has caused blood infections in 48 individuals, with the subsequent death of 15 of these victims. Deputy Director for the Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion (DHQP) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Michael Bell, M.D., told Wisconsin Public Radio, “Elizabethkingia is not contagious, people with healthy immune systems can easily avoid infection, and medical providers have identified some antibiotics that work against the strain found in Wisconsin.”

For more of Dr. Bell’s WPR interview, see the link below.

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Content Providers(s):CDC/ Cynthia Goldsmith and Melissa Bell
Creation Date:2016
Photo Credit:Cynthia Goldsmith
Links:Wisconsin Public Radio - 'Here And Now': Tracing The Wisconsin Elizabethkingia Outbreak, Federal, State Officials Work To Pinpoint Source Of Rare Disease, by Scott Gordon, Monday, March 14, 2016, 10:55am
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