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Tick-Borne Diseases

Tick-Borne Diseases

Expanding Geographic Range Increases Importance of Testing

In the United States, major tick-borne diseases include Lyme disease, anaplasmosis, babesiosis, ehrlichiosis, and Rocky Mountain spotted fever.

Historically, only certain pockets of the United States posed a risk for tick-borne disease. However, the geographic range of ticks has expanded and large areas of the population are now at risk. Because of this increased risk, it is important that physicians recognize who to test, when to test, and what test to use.

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3 Questions to Successfully Identify Mycobacteria and Guide Treatment

Identification and treatment of mycobacteria involve difficult, multistep processes. Mistakes in the handling of either aspect may result in unsuccessful treatment and an increased likelihood of drug resistance.

Successful identification and, ultimately, treatment of mycobacteria is guided by the answers to 3 essential questions.

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Novel Coronavirus

Coronavirus Video

What Providers Need to Know

In mid-March, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization announced the presence of a novel coronavirus in the Arabian Peninsula and the United Kingdom.

In this video, Matthew Binnicker, Ph.D., laboratory director of the Mayo Clinic Virology Laboratory, outlines key points health care providers should know about this coronavirus and proper testing protocol.

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Glenn Roberts, PhD

Clinical Mycology: Direct Examination Series

Direct microscopic examination of fungi in clinical specimens relies on both bright-field and phase-contrast microscopy, as well as multiple stains to optimize visualization of the organism.

Dr. Roberts applies his lifetime of experience to assist you in differentiating the organisms under consideration in your patient’s differential diagnosis.

An 11-part presentation by Glenn Roberts, PhD

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Bobbi Pritt, MD
Matthew Binnicker, MD

Laboratory Diagnosis of Tick-Borne Infections

In Part 1, Dr. Binnicker provides an overview and case studies of the conventional methods for detection and diagnosis of tick-borne infections.

In Part 2, Dr. Bobbi Pritt discusses the molecular methods available for detection and diagnosis of tick-borne infections.

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Test Utilization for Enteroviruses

Enteroviruses are positive-sense RNA viruses in the Picornaviridae family that typically replicate in the GI tract. However, in a proportion of cases, the virus spreads to other organs, causing severe disease, including aseptic meningitis, encephalitis, myopericarditis, herpangina, conjunctivitis, neonatal disease, and febrile illness.

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Meet Our Consultants

The staff physicians and allied health staff who comprise the Mayo Clinic Division of Microbiology provide unmatched expertise on a broad selection of tests designed for rapid identification of the causative agents of infectious diseases.

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