Detecting gut pathogens
Diarrhoeal disease is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. It can be caused by a host of organisms, including viruses, parasites, fungi and bacteria.
Most medical microbiology laboratories use conventional diagnostic procedures such as culture and microscopy for routine detection of enteric pathogens.
This process requires initial inoculation of the stool specimen onto numerous media plates, followed by 18—24 hours of