Drug-resistant ESBL bacteria. 3D computer illustration of a group of extended-spectrum Beta-lactamase-producing (ESBL) bacteria (family Enterobacteriaceae), showing their flagellae (tail-like) and fimbriae (hairs). Extended-spectrum Beta-lactamase is an enzyme that allows bacteria to become resistant to a wide variety of penicillins and cephalosporins. Bacteria that contain this enzyme are known as ESBLs or ESBL-producing bacteria. ESBL-producing Enterobacteriaceae are resistant to strong antibiotics including extended spectrum cephalosporins.
July 24th, 2016
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