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Smallpox

Smallpox virus virion, magnification approximately 370,000x, transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The image shows the “dumbbell-shaped” structure inside the smallpox virion which is the viral core and contains the viral DNA. Smallpox infection is serious, contagious and in some cases a fatal. Raised bumps, fluid-filled blisters (pox) that appear on the face and body of an infected person are typical signs of infection. Image courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) / Dr. Fred Murphy; Sylvia Whitfield.

Candida parapsilosis

Candida parapsilosis or Candida yeast. Magnification 1400, scanning electron microscopy. Candida species are part of the normal flora of mucous membranes of the mouth, gut and vagina. They are opportunistic fungi which may grow and become invasive if the host is immunologically compromised; steroid therapy, malnutrition, diabetes and antibiotic suppression of the normal bacterial flora are predisposing factors. Candida parapsilosis is an important non-albicans species which infects hospitalized patients. Biofilm production by the yeast plays an important role in C. parapsilosis outbreaks. Courtesy of Dennis Kunkel.

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