MicrobeNet is an online database that contains information about more than 2,400 rare disease-causing microbes, like bacteria and fungi (molds). MicrobeNet allows public health and clinical laboratories anywhere in the world to match results from their diagnostic tests against CDC’s unique collection of pathogens, making it faster and easier for labs to identify and respond to dangerous diseases.
When a patient comes to a hospital with a disease caused by a rare pathogen, their doctor and lab may have never seen the pathogen and may mistake it for more common diseases. This can lead to a lengthy and costly search to find the true cause and give the patient the right diagnosis and treatment. Worse, it could be too late to give the patient a life-saving treatment. This is where MicrobeNet comes in. Available for free online, MicrobeNet provides hospitals and laboratories with a way to rapidly check their results against the CDC online reference library and make the right decision faster.
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- Page last reviewed: December 20, 2016
- Page last updated: November 3, 2017
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