There is a concentrated effort to reduce the misuse of broad-spectrum antibiotics because they are often the drugs of last resort when treating highly resistant bugs. The widespread misuse and overuse of these powerful antibiotics will only hasten the decline of their efficacy.
While diagnostic testing might seem complex or daunting if you don’t work in medicine or science, it’s important to understand the role those tests play in healthcare—especially when it comes to infectious diseases.
Each year, Medical Laboratory Professionals Week (MLPW) celebrates the people who provide critical diagnostic information to help save patients’ lives. Now in its 44th year, MLPW continues to improve public understanding and appreciation for lab personnel and the critical work they perform.
C. auris infections have become increasingly common, and they are more frequently resistant to antifungal drugs doctors use to treat them. Scientists have been attempting to determine the origin of C. auris, but it has been difficult because the pathogen seems to have appeared in several places around the world simultaneously.