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January, 2012

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Micro Tips…

When I isolate a Vancomycin Resistant Enterococcus (VRE), how can I rule out non-pathogenic species?

Enterococcus gallinarum

Enterococcus gallinarumandE. casseliflavusare usually vancomycin resistant, but are not considered to be pathogens in humans. The possible pathogens would beE. faecalisandE. faecium. To rule out the non-pathogenic species, aRapid MGPtest may be performed. The non-pathogenicE. gallinarumandE. casseliflavuswill turn the medium yellow within five hours (shown above).

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Time for some
“Cranial Aerobics”…

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Caesar Salad

Ceasar salad

The famous salad is not named after a Roman emperor, but after Caesar Gardini, the owner and chef at a restaurant called Caesar’s Place in Tijuana, Mexico.

The Italian chef invented the dish in 1924 during a very busy Fourth of July weekend.

Caesar Cardini

Legend has it that the kitchen had pretty much run out of food and he constructed the salad from what was left over: romaine lettuce, garlic, olive oil, croutons, eggs, and parmesan cheese. Anchovies were not added until years later by Caesar’s brother, Alex.

As a youngster, Julia Child ate at Caesar’s restaurant in the 1920’s, and 50 years later she added the recipe to her famous book.

Caesars restaurant

The International Society of Epicures in Paris named Caesar’s Salad “the greatest recipe to originate from the Americas in 50 years.”

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New format!

PYR Card Test

PYR Card

Now our rapid PYR test is available on a card. Each card contains three circles in order to test three specimens. Many people find the card test easier to handle than the traditional disk test. PYR is a valuable aid in the rapid identification of Group A Strep andEnterococcus faecalis,as well as someEnterobacteriaceae.

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Think about it…

The Thinker

* Whenever I feel blue . . .I start breathing again.

* In the 60’s, people took acid to make the world weird. Now the world is weird and people take Prozac to make it normal.

* How is it one careless match can start a forest fire, but it takes a whole box to start a campfire?

* Who was the first person to look at a cow and say, ‘I think I’ll squeeze these dangly things and drink whatever comes out’?

* If Jimmy cracks corn and no one cares, why is there a song about him?

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Wisdom to ponder…

Margaret Thatcher

Margaret Thatcher

English chemist who became the United Kingdom’s first female Prime Minister; serving from 1979 to 1990. Her unbending convictions and tough rhetoric earned her the nickname, the “Iron Lady.”

“I’m extraordinarily patient provided I get my own way in the end.”

“Any woman who understands the problems of running a home will be nearer to understanding the problems of running a country.”

“Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, then you aren’t.”

“Europe was created by history. America was created by philosophy.”

“I am in politics because of the conflict between good and evil, and I believe that in the end good will triumph.”

“I don’t mind how much my Ministers talk, so long as they do what I say.”

“I usually make up my mind about a man in ten seconds, and I very rarely change it.”

“I’ve got a woman’s ability to stick to a job and get on with it when everyone else walks off and leaves it.”

“If my critics saw me walking over the Thames they would say it was because I couldn’t swim.”

“If you just set out to be liked, you would be prepared to compromise on anything at any time, and you would achieve nothing.”

“If you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman.”

“It is not the creation of wealth that is wrong, but the love of money for its own sake.”

“It may be the cock that crows, but it is the hen that lays the eggs.”

“It pays to know the enemy – not least because at some time you may have the opportunity to turn him into a friend.”

“No one would remember the Good Samaritan if he’d only had good intentions; he had money as well.”

“Pennies do not come from heaven. They have to be earned here on earth.”

“Standing in the middle of the road is very dangerous; you get knocked down by the traffic from both sides.”

“There can be no liberty unless there is economic liberty.”

“There is no such thing as society: there are individual men and women, and there are families.”

“You don’t tell deliberate lies, but sometimes you have to be evasive.”

“What Britain needs is an iron lady.”

“It’s a funny old world.”

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Update on Drug Resistance…

Seminar with Schreckenberger

Dr. Schreck

Join us in warm and sunny Palm Springs for a full day seminar on antimicrobial resistance, ESBLs, KPCs, SMEs, and NDM-1; taught by Paul Schreckenberger, PhD from Loyola University Medical Center.

Palm Springs

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Micro Musings..

Cartoon Jan 2012
“You talk to him…

he says he doesn’t want to eat oil spills!”

Case History #6

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From Dr. Joe DiPersio…

Can you name this pathogen?

A 70 year old retired surgeon born in Russia presented at our hospital ER with symptoms of abdominal cramping and diarrhea. Laboratory studies were ordered that included stool cultures and Ova and Parasite (O&P) exams. Stool cultures were negative, but the diagnosis was made quickly from the O&P exam below.


Questioning of the patient led to what was thought to be the probable source of the infection. His wife stated that he was particularly fond of a traditional Russian dish that she prepared for him.

What is the agent and how was it acquired?

See if you are right

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Parasites Transmitted

by Blood Transfusions

Blood Transfusion

There have been at least 159 cases of babesiosis as a result of tainted blood transfusions in the last 30 years. This number could be far larger due to the difficulty in diagnosing this disease.Babesiais the foremost cause of transfusion related infectious disease in America.

Babesiais a malaria-like parasite that infects red blood cells.

Babesia microti in RBC's

Giemsa stainofBabesia microtiin red blood cells – often confused withPlasmodium falciparum(malaria). (CDC photo)

The Babesia organism is usually transmitted to humans by the deer tick (Ixodes spp.), the same vector as Lyme disease, and causes flu-like symptoms such as fever, headaches, fatigue, chills, and profuse sweating.

Deer tick

The bite of the deer tick (Ixodesspp.) is the mode of transmission for bothBabesiaspp. andBorrelia burgdorferi(Lyme disease).

Most cases occur in the Northeast and Midwest. This disease becomes quite serious or fatal for the elderly, infants, or those that are immuno-compromised.

Many cases are asymptomatic, which is why some infected individuals unwittingly donate their blood.  Blood units are not currently screened forBabesia, since the tests are not cost effective and are lacking in sensitivity.

For the patient, a diagnosis can be made from agiesmastained thin blood smear, Immunofluorescent Antibody (IFA), or PCR tests on whole blood.

Many cases of babesiosis resolve without treatment, however quinine, azithromycin, clindamycin, and atavaquone can be effective.

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The Debt Watch…

What is the true
rate of inflation?

The CurrentConsumer Price Index (CPI) ispublishedmonthlyby the Federal  Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). In December of 2011, they reported the annual inflation rate for the average consumer to be 3%.

Inflation rate

Think about it…have your costs only gone up only 3% this past year?  If the CPI were calculated by the BLS using the same methods as it did in 1990, the current CPI would be over 6%! Compare that to the average salary increase for 2011 of 3%. Currently, the BLS manipulates the CPI by adjusting it downwards to allow for trends in consumer behavior to maintain a fixed standard of living, for example choosing T-bone rather than filet mignon steak when the prices increase. This lower CPI means that the Social Security payments will be less. It also makes the GDP appear to be better than it really is.
Which method is correct?
More details on the original method of calculation.

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Should we abandon the electoral college and elect our next president by popluar vote?

Electoral CollegeElectoral College votes from the presidential election of 2008.

538 electors in the Electoral College will pick the next President of the United States this year. Whoever gets 270 votes will win. Generally (with the exception of Maine and Nebraska), each state appoints its electors on a“winner-take-all”basis as a result of the statewide popular vote on
ElectionDay. This system, created by the Founding Fathers in the Constitution, accentuates the importance of key swing states.Although many attempts have been made to abolish this archaic system, Congress has never approved.

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climate change

Do you believe that
man-made global climate change
is a serious problem


There has been much debate and controversy regarding the increase in CO2 levels due to emissions fromfossil fuelcombustion,ozone depletion, animal agriculture, anddeforestation. Is this something we should be concerned about to the point of taking action?

Find outwhat your fellow MicroBytes readers thought about this controversial subject…


Rubes Jan 2012

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of Leigh Rubin’s cartoon humor.

Advice from the Founders…

Sam Adams

“The natural liberty of man

is to be free from any superior power on Earth,
and not to be under the will
or legislative authority of man,
but only to have the law of nature for his rule.”

Samuel Adams

1722 ~ 1802

Massachusetts politician, American statesmen,

political philosopher

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Seeing is Bel

Opt. Illusion Jan 2012

Fist or Mother and Child?


“Believe half of what you see
and none of what you hear.”

~ Marvin Gaye

“Before you embark

on a journey of revenge,

dig two graves.”



Chinese Philosopher

551 BC ~ 479 BC

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