Microbiology, in a medical context, is the study of how bacteria, viruses, fungi, parasites and prions cause illness. Microbiologists are concerned with the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of infectious diseases. Sometimes, they also study how microbes can be used to improve health, such as the replacement and introduction of new gut bacteria to improve metabolism. The study of common, non-pathogenic species can help determine whether their properties can be applied to develop new forms of antibiotics.
A medical microbiologist studies the characteristics of pathogens, their modes of transmission, mechanisms of infection and life cycle. Treatment can then be devised.
Medical microbiologists can often be consulted by doctors, providing identification of pathogens and suggesting treatment options. Other tasks may include the identification of potential health risks to the community or monitoring the evolution of potentially virulent or resistant strains of microbes, educating the community and assisting in the design of health practices. They may also assist government in preventing or controlling epidemics and outbreaks of disease.
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Expert witnesses in the field of microbiology are trained in the study of the complex mechanisms between human and microbe interactions that are involved in the pathogenesis of diseases, and can provide insights into diagnosis and interventions, such as vaccines, essential for disease control. Experts can offer opinions on the severity of symptoms, transmission mechanisms and whether negligence or malpractice took place if people contract diseases whilst in hospital or at work.
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National Notifiable Diseases Surveillance System - current CDNA fortnightly report
The Communicable Diseases Network Australia (CDNA) holds regular teleconferences to share and evaluate the latest information and developments in communicable diseases surveillance. This report provides a fortnightly summary on diseases of current interest and notifications of Australia's nationally notifiable diseases.
Australia's capacity to respond to an infectious disease outbreak
Infectious disease control has always been central to public health in Australia, and it was largely concern about infectious disease that led to the establishment of the Commonwealth Department of Health in 1921. The Commonwealth today retains a strong interest in infectious disease, even as its interest and involvement in public health has broadened.
Christopher Rowley v The State of South Australia (E. & W.S. Department)  SAWCAT 15
A sewerage worker successfully sued his employer for unfair dismissal after he contracted osteomyelitis (infection of the bone), probably due to an organism that had entered his bloodstream.
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