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Stool Culture

Recommendations document to public health laboratories for the isolation and characterization of STEC from Shiga toxin-positive stools or specimens posted.

Last Updated on Monday, 06 February 2017 09:20

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Medical Microbiology Questions

Medical Microbiology Questions
This "Question of the Day" listserv originated out of an effort to aid clinical microbiology fellows in their preparation for the American Board of Medical Microbiology (ABMM) board exam. The list of subscribers has since evolved beyond microbiology fellows to include pathology residents and fellows, infectious disease fellows and faculty members in various disciplines. Questions are designed to address all areas of medical microbiology with the hope that they will provide continuing education and support board preparation, be it the ABMM, clinical pathology or infectious diseases.
This listserv is not endorsed or supported by the ABMM.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 August 2016 15:27

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A CAP Quality Assurance Program, Q-PROBES provide a one-time comprehensive assessment of key laboratory processes. Q-PROBES help build and improve data collection and analysis processes that contribute to quality of care, patient safety and outcomes.

Last Updated on Friday, 09 May 2014 10:16

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Help with Parasites

Advances in Laboratory Detection of Trichomonas vaginalis:  
An APHL document that gives a brief overview of clinical information, epidemiology and reviews diagnostics options for T. vaginalis.

Last Updated on Friday, 22 August 2014 10:29

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Help with Fungi

View CDC's Passive Surveillance for Azole-Resistant Aspergillus famigatus, United States, 2011-2013

Last Updated on Friday, 18 December 2015 12:57

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Help with Viruses

Zika Virus Disease The history of Zika virus disease serves as a paradigm of a typical emerging viral infection. The dramatic change in Zika virus pathogenicity upon its introduction to Brazil has remained an enigma. Learn more about the history of Zika in this Open Access document.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 August 2016 15:38

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Help with Bacteria

CDC Best Practices for Use of Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) for Diagnosing Haemophilus influenzae and Neisseria meningitidis Disease and Public Health Importance of Identifying Serotype/Serogroup

Last Updated on Thursday, 13 July 2017 16:15

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Mycobacterial Cultures
The CDC's Division of Tuberculosis Elimination (DTBE) Laboratory Branch provides services tests on mycobacterial cultures. Any local health department, licensed physician's office, licensed laboratory or licensed health care facility may submit cultures for testing but they must be routed through either their state health department or other authorized facility.

Molecular Epidemiology of Tuberculosis: Current Insights
A 2006 Clinical Microbiology Reviews' article that reviews the current methods, concepts, and applications of molecular approaches used to better understand the epidemiology of TB.
B. Mathema, et al. October 2006 19: 46-65
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Method for Inactivating and Fixing Unstained Smear Preparations of Mycobacterimum tuberculosis for Improved Laboratory Safety
This 2002 Journal of Clinical Microbiology abstract states: The inactivation of smears that contain Mycobacterium tuberculosis for microscopy before removal of the material from a biosafety cabinet is an important safety factor in preventing the potential transmission of tuberculosis to laboratory workers. The fixing and inactivating properties of heat flaming, 70% ethanol, and 1, 3, and 5% phenol in ethanol for smears containing M. tuberculosis were investigated. Heat flaming failed to inactivate the smear material, whereas 5% phenol in ethanol successfully fixed and inactivated all smears containing M. tuberculosis both from concentrated sputum samples and from culture material.
P. Chedore, et al.   
J. Clin. Microbiol. November 2002 40:4077–4080.
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TB Self-Assessment Tool

Developed by the CDC and the Association of Public Health Laboratories, this tool is designed to assist laboratories in the assessment of the quality of their laboratory's TB diagnostic practices.

CDC's Reference for TB Testing and Diagnosis
There are two kinds of tests that can be used to help detect TB infection – the TB skin test (TST) and TB blood tests. 

Last Updated on Friday, 28 April 2017 15:24

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Blood Cultures

Reduce Blood Culture Contamination
Read and watch how the Carolinas Medical Center reduced their blood culture contamination through training and internal support.

Last Updated on Friday, 05 February 2016 12:24

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Respiratory Cultures

Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia: Diagnosis, Treatment, and Prevention
This 2006 Clinical Microbiology Reviews' article reviews the literature with regard to diagnosis, treatment, and prevention. It provides conclusions that can be implemented in practice as well as an algorithm for the bedside clinicial and also focuses on the controversies with regard to diagnostic tools and appraoches, treatment plans, and prevention strategies.
S.M. Koenig and J.D. Truwit
Clin. Microbiol. Rev. October 2006 19: 637-657
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