Meet Staph aureus


Meet Staphylococcus aureus. Although these cute appearing cocci form cuddly grape-like-clusters on agar culture slides, watch out! Take caution with these gram positive creatures because they can cause many types of infections by creeping through cracks in the skin or mucosal Read more ›


Hepatitis C


The term hepatitis refers to inflammation of the liver. From toxins to infections, the differential diagnosis is quite broad, however, much can be learned from history which can narrow down the differential. Recent travel, medication overdose, history of alcoholism, IV Read more ›

Oh Giardia!


Giardia lamblia (aka: G. duodenalis or G. intestinalis) Don’t be tricked by these cute looking flagellated protozoans! They are often up to mischief, causing acute or chronic diarrhea with greasy foul-smelling stools, increased flatulence, abdominal pain, bloating, nausea and less Read more ›