This transmission electron microscopic (TEM) image depicts numbers 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.
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.