Tag Archives: Hospital-acquired infections

Microbe Talk Extra: Handwashing and Healthcare-associated Infections

Every year, hundreds of millions of patients across the world are affected by Healthcare-associated Infections, according to estimates from the World Health Organization (WHO). These infections can result from a surgery, or from the use of a medical device like … Continue reading

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Microbe Talk: December 2013

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Bacterial intruder seeks a warm welcome

Post by Helen Cope, University of Edinburgh Among hospital-acquired bacterial infections, Staphylococcus aureus is one of the most prevalent. Cunningly, this bacterium can evade the body’s natural defences by hiding within the host’s own cells. It seems, however, that S.aureus … Continue reading

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Bacterioides fragilis: resistance is rising

Post by Naomi Osborne, ThermoFisher Scientific The emergence of multi-drug resistant (MDR) micro-organisms is ever increasing; Staphylococcus aureus, Clostrium difficile, Mycobacterium tuberculosis, Acinetobacter baumanii – the list seems endless. A review published in the Journal of Medical Microbiology discusses the … Continue reading

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Virulence mechanisms of MRSA

Post by Daniel Amund, London Metropolitan University The emergence of meticillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) strains as potentially lethal pathogens is a continuing cause for public health concern worldwide. An understanding of the various virulence mechanisms used by these antibiotic-resistant bacterial … Continue reading

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