Organisms such as bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites exist everywhere, including on and in our bodies. They are usually harmless or helpful. But in some cases, they can be harmful, causing disease and even spreading to other people.
- Some infectious diseases can be passed from person to person.
- Some are transmitted by bites from insects or animals.
- Others are acquired by ingesting contaminated food or water or being exposed to organisms in the environment.
These same microbes can change in response to medicines designed to stop them, preventing or building defenses against disease-fighting agents such as antibiotics. Effectively, they render treatment ineffective and demonstrate antimicrobial resistance (AMR).
Finding Effective Treatments
The challenge facing healthcare professionals is the ability to identify antibiotic resistant strains to help find effective drug therapy. Using advanced technologies, we can conduct infectious disease testing using Real-time PCR and other sequencing methods to identify resistant strains. While culture testing has been the gold standard, healthcare providers can now utilize molecular testing—a faster, more robust, more precise, and more accurate method—to pinpoint and treat the source of disease.