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91338 Clinical Bacteriology

6cp; 6hpw (Autumn session), 3-wk block (Summer session)
Requisite(s): 91330 Epidemiology and Public Health Microbiology
These requisites may not apply to students in certain courses. See access conditions.

Description

Bacterial pathogens are a major cause of infectious diseases. It is important to be able to identify them in patients in order to provide an effective treatment. This subject covers clinical microbiology as it is used in public and private pathology laboratories. The subject explores topics such as identification and quantitative methods, possible automation of the techniques or efficiency of available treatments while providing a clinical knowledge of the pathologies discussed. The major pathogenic microorganisms, their handling (including safety requirements), cultivation, isolation and relationship to the indigenous flora of humans and animals are studied, including the latest techniques employed for their identification. The studies cover notably staphylococci, streptococci, corynebacteria, mycobacteria, neisseria, enteric bacteria, pasteurellae, pseudomonads and spirochaetes and their mechanisms of action in the context of the disease they cause. Available treatments are explored through the study of the different families of antibiotics, along with the possible resistance mechanisms they can develop and how they can be identified.

Typical availability

Autumn session, City campus


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