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This report discusses the status of clinical microbiology, the directions in which it is headed, and solutions for current problems and those likely to be encountered in the years to come. 

Clinical microbiology laboratories provide services that are critical to the well-being of our population. They are the sentinels for bioterrorism events and natural outbreaks of infection which threaten public health, they provide diagnostic data that enable the correct diagnosis and treatment for victims of infectious diseases, and they supply crucial information that guide the selection of the right antimicrobial therapy for patients with treatable infections. Despite their pivotal role in our healthcare system, these laboratories are victims of difficult times.

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Related podcasts are available. Click on the titles below to listen to a MicrobeWorld 90-second clip.

Detective Work. Before a doctor can treat a patient, a clinical microbiologist must first identify the cause of the disease. 

Role of surveillance in human health. Clinical microbiologists play an important role in identifying pandemics, antibiotic resistance in bacteria and how infectious disease spreads.

Careers in Clinical Microbiology. These white-coated sleuths help doctors identify the cause of an illness, so they’ll know how to treat the patient.

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