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Electron micrograph Osedax mucofloris – bone-eating snot-flower – new species marine worm discovered 2004
"Listeria" is a bacterial genus that contains 7 species. Named after the English pioneer of sterile surgery Joseph Lister, genus received its current name in 1940. Listeria species are Gram-positive bacilli. The major human pathogen in the Listeria genus is "L. monocytogenes." Causative agent of relatively rare bacterial disease, listeriosis, a serious infection caused by eating food contaminated with bacteria. Disease affects primarily pregnant women, newborns, adults with weakened immunity."
Did you know that #norovirus is the leading cause of outbreaks from contaminated food in the US? Norovirus is highly contagious, and outbreaks can occur anywhere people gather or food is served. Visit CDC’s new #VitalSigns Digital Press Kit for more information and resources.
Babesiosis: The New Deadly Disease on the Rise - Now that summertime is here, many people will be spending more time outdoors. That means more exposure to mosquitoes and ticks and other buggy creatures that could potentially carry deadly illnesses. One such illness is called Babesiosis, a tick-borne illness with symptoms that mimic malaria and is potentially life-threatening ...
MRSA bacteria. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA, red) on the microscopic fibres of a wound dressing. MRSA is a gram-positive, round (coccus) bacterium that is resistant to many commonly prescribed antibiotics. It is carried by around 30 per cent of the population without causing any symptoms. However, in vulnerable people, such as those that have recently had surgery, it can cause wound infections, pneumonia and blood poisoning. Ma
Clostridium difficile: Emerging Issues and Treatments. Clostridium difficile infection is an important cause of intestinal disease, primarily affecting hospitalized patients exposed to antibiotics. Infection has been associated with prolonged hospital stays and excess healthcare expenditures. Recent changes in epidemiology of this disease show a rise in community-acquired cases in people outside the hospital settings without traditional risk factors.