Microbiology / Infectious Disease

Bobbi Pritt, M.D., Director of the Clinical Parasitology Lab and Co-Director of Vector-Borne Diseases Lab Services in Mayo Clinic’s Department of Lab Medicine and Pathology, discusses a unique story with Outbreak News about a man, who claimed he ate sushi daily, who presented to his doctor a 5½ foot-long tapeworm. Listen to the podcast.

By Kelley Luedke • January 30, 2018

In this month’s “Hot Topic,” Elitza Theel, Ph.D. will discuss a new interferon-gamma release assay that can assist in the detection of individuals that are infected with tuberculosis.

By Elitza Theel • January 22, 2018

The Rochester Post-Bulletin recently highlighted Bobbi Pritt, M.D.'s, “Creepy, Dreadful, Wonderful Parasites” blog, which celebrated its 10-year anniversary in October with a parasite-themed art contest and giveaways.

By Kelley Luedke • December 15, 2017

In this month’s “Hot Topic,” Elitza Theel, Ph.D., discusses how the use of syndromic molecular panels may improve the coverage for detecting infectious agents and reduce the turnaround time for reporting results.

By Elitza Theel • December 4, 2017

Mayo Clinic and the University of Notre Dame’s Eck Institute for Global Health have launched a four-tiered joint project to better characterize and further assist in the detection of vector-borne infectious diseases in Belize.

By Gina Chiri-Osmond • November 20, 2017

In this month’s "Hot Topic," Bobbi Pritt, M.D., will discuss a powerful new technology called "multiplex molecular testing" that can assist in the diagnosis of gastrointestinal infections.

By Bobbi Pritt, M.D. • November 6, 2017

In this month’s "Hot Topic," Matt Binnicker, Ph.D., explains how syndromic testing can be used to diagnose viral and bacterial respiratory infections, the advantages of using this method, and when a syndromic respiratory panel should be ordered.

By Matthew Binnicker, Ph.D. • October 2, 2017

In the war against microbes, human beings are vastly outnumbered—and losing the weapons race.

By Barbara J. Toman • September 14, 2017

Bobbi Pritt, M.D., Director of the Clinical Parasitology Laboratory and Co-Director of Mayo’s Vector-Borne Diseases Laboratory Services, co-authored an article review in the Journal of Clinical Microbiology on an update on malaria diagnostics and test utilization.

By Kelley Luedke • August 16, 2017
This algorithm can be viewed here.
By brentwestra • August 14, 2017
The algorithm can be viewed here.
By brentwestra • August 14, 2017

An algorithm is a step-by-step procedure to guide clinicians and laboratorians in appropriate laboratory test ordering.

By brentwestra • July 28, 2017

In the United States, Lyme disease is caused by "Borrelia burgdorferi" and "Borrelia mayonii" bacteria, carried primarily by "black-legged" or "deer ticks." To learn more about Lyme disease, the Mayo Clinic Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology and its reference laboratory Mayo Medical Laboratories have developed “The ABCs of Lyme Disease” flash cards.

By Alyssa Frank • July 24, 2017