On January 27th, Eurofins Central Laboratory recognizes World Leprosy Day with the World Health Organization (WHO). Also known as Hansen’s disease, Leprosy is a chronic infectious disease caused by Mycobacterium Leprae. This disease affects the skin, peripheral nerves, mucus membranes of the upper respiratory tract, and eyes. Individuals affected will experience sensory loss in these affected areas as well as damaged thickened nerves.
In the realm of infectious disease, antibiotic resistance is a real and ever increasing concern across the entire healthcare industry. This is also true for ocular infections. With bacterial conjunctivitis being the second most common cause (versus viral conjunctivitis), diligent epidemiology and surveillance monitoring brings valued insight to us all. Eurofins Central Laboratory is proud to have provided analytical services (microbiological species confirmation and antibiotic resistance profile determination) to one of the only two nationwide multi-center surveillance studies (Antibiotic Resistance Monitoring in Ocular Microorganisms - ARMOR) ever undertaken in this indication. Article can be downloaded here.
World Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Day is organized by the Gloobal Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD) in collaboration with health care professionals and COPD patient groups throughout the world. World COPD Day is celebrated on November 15th, 2018, and it's aim is to raise awareness about the disease and improve outcomes throughout the world.