Another Tool for our Laboratory Toolbox

By | August 9th, 2011|Preparedness|

New testing equipment at the state lab is going to help us with flu tracking this fall and dramatically speed up testing for Tuberculosis.  The instrument called the Gene Xpert looks for DNA mutations – we can tell if a TB case is resistant to certain antibiotics.  For instance, on specific mutation is a marker for rifampin [...]

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Who is Bob Koch?

By | June 7th, 2011|General|

Robert Koch was a German physician that’s considered one of the primary founders of microbiology- setting the foundation for loads of public health interventions that have drastically improved our quality of life.  He was the first scientist to verify the Germ Theory of Disease (in 1876) by showing that anthrax is caused by a bacteria [...]

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New TB Diagnostic Test on Horizon?

By | September 29th, 2010|Preparedness, Prevention|

One of the major challenges for global control of tuberculosis is that the current diagnostic tests are very slow and can require significant laboratory infrastructure.  The tests are particularly difficult to manage in developing countries and are more complicated for folks with HIV.  It’s also difficult to test for drug sensitivity.   The challenge is that [...]

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