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University of North Carolina Health Care

Yersinia Pestis Proliferating in the Lower Airways During Pneumonic Plague

Caption: Virulent bacteria (red) quickly establish a permissive environment for the growth of non-virulent microbes (green) that would normally be eliminated by the lung's innate immune mechanisms.

Credit: Goldman Lab, UNC-Chapel Hill.

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