Mmmmm, kinda looks like couscous right?
Well, though it might resemble a tasty side dish that's beloved in the Maghreb, it's actually a gnarly bacteria that causes URI's (upper respiratory infections) in both humans & animals.
Humans can prevent it by refraining from drinking unpasteurized mil... Read More
Pseudomonas aeruginosa is a common bacterium which can cause disease in animals and humans.
An equal opportunity offender, it uses a wide range of organic material for food; in animals, this versatility enables 'ol Pseudomon here to infect damaged tissues or people with reduced immunity.
The... Read More
Remember SARS? Or the last time you had a nasty cold? Lay your troubles at this bad-boy's door.
In fact, SARS-CoV - the Corona variant that causes SARS - has the rather unique quality of causing both upper & lower respiratory infections, and gastroenteritis.
Note as well that the Coronavi... Read More
Having recently (and barely) recovered from a tangle w/ this character - the Norovirus - I've a new found respect for it's potency.
After all, anything that can reduce a grown man to a weak as a kitten, aching, cursing his immune system wretch should be rightly acknowledged as worthy. Read More
Paracoccidioides brasiliensis. Tissue form grown in vitro at 37C Read More
These checklists, scrawled in handwriting on paper pasted to the hospital wall, are used by volunteer doctors and nurses to diagnose and treat patients who come in with symptoms of malaria and typhoid. Both are diseases that we rarely see in the US, but are strikingly common in Haiti. This also ... Read More
Nonseptate hyphae of Mucor pusillus which have occluded a vessel. H & E stain Read More
On a dark-blue background, this illustration provides a 3D graphical representation of a generic influenza virion’s ultrastructure, and is not specific to a seasonal, avian or 2009 H1N1 virus. A portion of the virion’s outer protein coat has been cut away, which reveals the virus’ contents, and ... Read More
Tangential sections of hyphae of Mortierella sp. in a skin ulcer Read More
Louis Pastuer - not just the guy whose responsible for your milk (and orange juice, beer, almonds, ciders, soy sauce, & about a dozen other products) being cooked @ high temps to make them last longer - but a brilliant scientific mind whose researches into disease prevention has saved countless ... Read More
Ahh Rabies, we meet again.
When I worked in vet medicine, it was amongst the few diseases that everyone - doctors, clients, support staff, human law enforcement officers, etc. - knew & feared. Maybe it was it's nearly undefeated record & lethal reputation that drove such caution. After all,... Read More
Microsporum gypseum macroconidia. Interference microscopy (400X) Read More
The mosquito - God's cruelest instrument to ensure his creations stay in check?
The mosquito - proof that Evolution is a malevolent mistress that sups on human & animal misery alike?
The mosquito - spreader of VEE: Venezuelan equine encephalitis, which afflicts not only horses, donkeys, zebras... Read More
As the old saying goes, can beat a pound of the Shigella bacteria, seen here penetrating the intestinal mucosa of some poor soul.
Killing approx. 1 million people annually - most of them children, Shigella is best prevented by two simple strategies: washing hands before handling food & thorou... Read More
See those round, fuzz-ball looking things? You're seeing Lassa fever, up close & personal courtesy of a TEM microscope.
Another of those fearsome hemorrhagic fevers, Lassa virus is a member of the Arenaviridae family.
If you learn nothing more about Lassa fever, learn about Aniru Conteh.
F... Read More
Aspergillus restrictus from generalized aspergillosis. Note radiating hyphae in granuloma Read More
Since it's 1st recorded outbreak (1976) in the Democratic Republic of the Congo's Ebola River Valley, the Ebola virus has been known - and feared - for good reason.
Why, you may ask?
Ebola hemorrhagic fever is potentially lethal and encompasses a range of symptoms including fever, vom... Read More