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Infection by pathogenic organisms and multidrug-resistant organisms are responsible for causing significant morbidity and mortality in the healthcare setting. Pathogens are transmitted via fomites and reservoirs, including the hands of healthcare workers, medical equipment and devices and other animate and inanimate objects that play a role in cross-contamination.

  • Molecular 'Kiss of Death' Flags Pathogens for Destruction
    Many bugs that make us sick -- bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites -- hide out in our cells in protective little bubbles called vacuoles. To clear an infection, the immune system must recognize and destroy these vacuoles while leaving the rest of the living cell intact. ...More
    2 weeks ago Posted in News
  • Microbiologists Investigate How to Fight Opportunistic Pathogens
    The Department of Microbiology at Kazan Federal University is investigating factors which allow bacteria to persist in human body when exposed to high-strength antibiotics. The team is focused on Proteus, Morganella, Providencia, and Serratia genera, which all are ...More
    August 24, 2015 Posted in News
  • Tracing the Evolution of a Drug-Resistant Pathogen
    To fight a pathogen that’s highly resistant to antibiotics, first understand how it gets that way. Klebsiella pneumoniae strains that carry a particular enzyme are known for “their ability to survive any antibiotics you throw at them,” says Corey Hudson of ...More
    July 21, 2015 Posted in News
  • Researchers Study Transmission of Pathogens During 'Beer Pong' Game
    When the conversation fades and the food runs out, exuberant partygoers might turn to drinking games for their postprandial entertainment. But, be warned the ever-popular sport of "beer pong" could give you a little more than you bargained for, according to scientists ...More
    March 4, 2015 Posted in News
  • Researchers Map Disease-Causing Pathogens
    Researchers at North Carolina State University have for the first time mapped human disease-causing pathogens, dividing the world into a number of regions where similar diseases occur. The findings show that the world can be separated into seven regions for vectored human ...More
    December 3, 2014 Posted in News
  • Big-Data Approach Identifies Europe's Most Dangerous Human and Domestic Animal Pathogens
    The pathogens posing the greatest risk to Europe based upon a proxy for impact have been identified by University of Liverpool researchers using a 'big data' approach to scientific research. The researchers from the university's Institute of Infection and Global Health ...More
    August 27, 2014 Posted in News
  • Researcher Using Next-Generation Sequencing to Rapidly Identify Pathogens
    He calls himself the bug hunter, but the target of his work consists of viruses that can only be found and identified with special methods and instruments. Benjamin Hause, an assistant research professor at the Kansas State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory at Kansas State ...More
    July 28, 2014 Posted in News
  • ICT News Desk: E-cigarettes Increase Pathogen Virulence
    Despite being touted by their manufacturers as a healthy alternative to cigarettes, electronic cigarettes appear in a laboratory study to increase the virulence of drug-resistant and potentially life-threatening bacteria, while decreasing the ability of human cells to kill ...More
    May 21, 2014 Posted in Videos
  • Hijacking Bacteria's Natural Defenses to Trap and Reveal Pathogens
    The breakthrough, published in the journal Nature Materials, could offer an easier way of detecting pathogenic bacteria outside of a clinical setting and could be particularly important for the developing world, where access to more sophisticated laboratory techniques is ...More
    May 12, 2014 Posted in News
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