Specific Organisms and Diseases

Epidemiologically Significant Organisms

Infections can be caused by a variety of organisms, but certain organisms and diseases may have extra epidemiological significance.  The Department of Infection Prevention and Control pays close attention to these for a variety of reasons.  Infections caused by multi-drug resistant organisms (MDRO), for example, are not only harder to treat, but they are also important from a public health standpoint.  Seasonal respiratory viruses such as influenza are also a public health concern if it becomes pandemic as was the case with H1N1 influenza.  Tuberculosis (TB) is uncommon, but can be transmitted easily and early detection and treatment of patients with active TB is essential. 

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