Innovative Technology Stories
Urinary tract infections (UTI) are the most common type of healthcare-associated infection reported to CDC, and some bacteria that cause UTIs can be resistant to the antibiotics that treat them. In the United States, urinary catheters cause roughly 75% of UTIs, and biofilms – complex communities of microorganisms that irreversibly attach to a surface – are often the cause.
NCEZID scientists have discovered two tickborne bacteria not previously known to cause illness in people. The team used an advanced genomic sequencing technology called 16S metagenomics that can precisely identify bacterial genes in clinical samples, like blood. Analyzing them with standard technology is more painstaking and less productive.
Rabies kills 59,000 people each year globally, and in some countries, the danger of infection is widespread. To streamline these countries’ efforts to stop the disease’s spread, NCEZID created a free app and data system and offers free training on how to use them.