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ID Week

Infectious Diseases Week


Infectious Diseases Society of America


Diagnostic test based on an antigen/antibody reaction, enabling the detection of infectious agents (bacteria, viruses, parasites) and pathogen markers.


Low and Middle Income Countries

Mass spectrometry

Technique used to identify a molecule and determine its chemical structure by analyzing the mass and the charge of its ions.

MDRO (Multidrug-Resistant Organism)

MDROs are defined as microorganisms, predominantly bacteria, that are resistant to one or more classes of antimicrobial agents, complicating treatment of illnesses they cause. These highly resistant organisms deserve special attention in healthcare facilities in order to reduce the incidence of MDRO-related HAIs (healthcare-associated infections).

MIC (Minimum Inhibitory Concentration)

A measure of the sensitivity of microbes to antibiotics or antifungals (antimicrobials). Organisms are tested for growth in various concentrations of antibiotic. This allows microbiologists to see which concentration (MIC) of antimicrobial will be effective against the pathogen.


Study of microorganisms. bioMérieux uses culture-based microbiology methods for the growth of bacteria from biological fluids, food and pharmaceutical samples. The bacteria are subsequently identified and their susceptibility to antibiotics tested in certain cases.

Molecular biology

Technique that can detect a bacterium, virus, yeast, parasite or a biomarker through the presence of DNA or RNA genetic sequences in a sample.

New Diagnostics for Infectious Diseases

Nouveaux diagnostics pour les maladies infectieuses