Skip to main content

Infectious Diseases

Transforming Infectious Disease Management with Whole Genome Sequencing

Whole genome sequencing, the process of determining the complete nucleotide or DNA/RNA sequence of a genome at one time, has grown in popularity and made headlines for its potential to transform infectious disease management, particularly related to SARS-CoV-2 – the virus responsible for the COVID-19 pandemic.

What If We Couldn’t Diagnose Infectious Diseases?

Fundamentally, doctors are blind without diagnostic tools. “It’s like looking for someone in a cave without any light,” says Dr. Mark Miller, Chief Medical Officer at bioMérieux. “You have no idea where you are.” 

Our Environment, Climate Change, and the Spread of Vector-Borne Infectious Diseases

World Health Day, observed April 7th, is a global initiative sponsored by the WHO that intends to bring awareness  to health concerns. This year’s theme, Our Planet, our health, highlights how environmental factors and most importantly, the climate crisis, impact human health—including the spread of infectious diseases.

MRSA Surgical Site Infections: What You Should Know

In low- and middle-income countries, 11% of patients who undergo surgery are infected in the process. With antimicrobial resistance on the rise, many infections are becoming more and more difficult to treat. 

The Severe Impact of COVID-19 on TB Management

“The Covid-19 pandemic has had devastating effects on every aspect of global health, but tuberculosis services have been disproportionately affected,” says WHO Chief Scientist, Dr. Soumya Swaminathan in a recent New England Journal of Medicine article.

Meningitis: Deadly, Debilitating, and Associated With COVID-19

In the midst of the fight against COVID-19, it’s important to acknowledge the many other diseases competing with the coronavirus for the time and resources of our healthcare facilities.

How do the COVID-19 tests and molecular tests work?

In the last two years, the world has learned about PCR not only through the media but also through the shared experience of being swabbed and tested for COVID-19. But do you understand how these tests work?

How Our Immune System Works to Fight Viruses

The immune system seems simple in the way we experience it. The real story is extremely complex, and researchers are continuing to study and expand our knowledge of the immune system.

What Are Viruses and How Do They Infect Us?

Microbes have existed for billions of years, but human beings have only begun to discover and describe them in the last few hundred years.