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Monsoon & Infection-Bacteria or virus?

Monsoon & Infection-Bacteria or virus?


To help preserve the effectiveness of current antibiotics, experts are looking into rapid diagnostic tools that can determine if the cause of someone’s infection is indeed caused by bacteria. If it’s due to a virus, like the common cold and flu, then no antibiotics should be given.

Still, doctors regularly hand out antibiotics that might do more harm than good, mostly due to a lack of training in infectious diseases.
Also, patients demand them.

If doctors could have a quick, easy, and inexpensive way to assure their patients that their symptoms are caused by a virus, then researchers say that will be a step in the right direction.

But right now, it’s not as if a doctor or nurse can tell the difference with a naked eye. “Clinically, it can be very difficult to differentiate between bacterial and viral infections,”

Blood Test:

There are 11 to detect an infection and seven to determine bacteria or a virus. This is done in a lab with a simple blood sample, and takes about an hour.

Sweeney and Purvesh Khatri, Ph.D., an assistant professor of medicine at Stanford, have been working on a diagnostic test for years. Sweeney says, The test “reads the immune system” to see if the infection is being caused by bacteria.

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