Tag Archive: CDC

Clinical Case File: Acute Flaccid Myelitis (AFM)

What’s all the hype with Acute Flaccid Myelitis (AFM)? Recently, there has been a lot of local and national news coverage around a mysterious, polio-like condition affecting children across the United States called acute flaccid myelitis. As of Monday, November…
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Dear Stanley: Resources to Help You Fight Antibiotic Resistance

Dear Stanley, I see it’s World Antibiotics Awareness Week (WAAW), and I want to promote awareness at my lab. Does Microbiologics have any useful tools for labs that want to take action? Thanks, Cheryl, Portland, OR Dear Cheryl, You are…
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Clinical Case File: Group A Streptococcus

Cold and flu season is right around the corner. These annual illnesses are often paired with another highly contagious infection, strep throat. Its culprit, Group A Streptococcus, can cause a variety of other illnesses including invasive diseases such as cellulitis…
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Neisseria gonorrhoeae: Combating a Multidrug-Resistant Organism

The global spread of antibiotic resistant sexually transmitted diseases (STD) has received increased attention over the past several years from health institutes including the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). These organizations are…
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How Food Labs Protect Consumers from STECs

The ongoing Escherichia coli O157:H7 outbreak linked to romaine lettuce grown in the Yuma, Arizona, region has captured the attention of food manufacturers, retailers, and consumers throughout the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),…
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7 Rules to Follow When Writing about Microorganisms

Recalling and pronouncing peculiar microorganism names is a skill every microbiologist has mastered. However, the intricate rules for writing about microorganisms may leave even experienced microbiologists second-guessing how to annotate or spell a strain name. Our quiz below will challenge…
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On the Plate: Salmonella

After Escherichia coli, Salmonella might be one of the world’s most recognized bacterial species. Outbreaks of Salmonella have occurred in several food products including the well-known peanut butter outbreak in 2009 in which 714 people in 46 states became ill…
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10 Interesting Facts about Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis

The largest recent outbreak of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) in the United States is currently unfolding in the Minnesota Hmong community. Many Hmong elders were resettled in the Twin Cities years ago after living in a Thai refugee camp where TB…
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Do You Know Influenza?

It’s the time of year when sniffles and coughs can be heard throughout the office and laboratory.  Did you remember to get your flu shot during all the holiday chaos? Influenza season is in full swing!  Keep your hand sanitizer…
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What Labs Should Know about STECs

STEC may not be a household term, but it is of great significance to food and clinical laboratories. In this post, we will describe what laboratories can do to help protect the public from this harmful and increasingly important group…
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