Physicians rely on the identification of an infectious agent to determine the appropriate treatment for each patient. Monitoring chronic infections requires highly sensitive diagnostic methods that can provide the necessary quantitative information to adjust therapy (for example, viral load monitoring for patients living with HIV).
Diagnostics are also essential to detect and monitor the course of healthcare-associated infections and emerging diseases so that if a pandemic should occur, it can be quickly stopped.
bioMérieux has made a priority of focusing on infectious diseases that represent major public health challenges:
- Sepsis Diagnostics: leading cause of death in non-coronary intensive care units
- Healthcare Associated Infections: 1.4 million people affected worldwide each day
- HIV Diagnostics: 6,850 new cases of AIDS every day across the globe
- Tuberculosis Diagnostics: 1/3 of the global population is infected, 2 million die each year