Testing times in diagnosis of unusual infections
Dr Bernie Hudson MBBS, DTPH, FACTM, FAFPHM, FRACP, FRCPA
Dr Hudson is a clinical microbiologist and infectious diseases physician
HISTORY of illness or exposure, a detailed travel/exposure history, together with clinical examination, are all extremely important in determining the likelihood that an individual has a suspected condition or infection.
To confirm a diagnosis of infection, demonstrating the infecting agent is preferable.
To confirm a diagnosis of illness due to the agent, demonstrating the agent in a situation where there