The FDA has announced that it has approved marketing of the first mass spectrometer system for automated identification of 193 different bacteria and yeasts responsible for serious illnesses in people, including Staphylococcaceae, Streptococcaceae, Enterobacteriaceae, Pseudomonadaceae, and Bacteroidaceae families (associated with everything from skin infections, to pneumonia, meningitis, and bloodstream infections), as well as yeast infections such as Candida, Cryptococcus and Malasseziaetc. In addition the VITEK MS can run up to 192 different tests in a single automated series of testing, each accomplished within 60 seconds in contrast to other identification methods that traditionally take up to 5 days to identify cultured specimens.
“The ability for laboratories to use one device such as the VITEK MS to identify almost 200 different microorganisms is a significant advance in the timely identification of pathogenic microorganisms,” exclaimed Alberto Gutierrez, Ph.D., director of the Office of In Vitro Diagnostics and Radiological Health at FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health. “Rapid identification of harmful microorganisms can improve the care of critically ill patients, including those with diabetes, cancer and HIV/AIDS.”
What many people may now realize is that yeast. is a fungus that lives just about everywhere, including in the human body, and can affect it in many different ways. For instance, yeast infections of the skin can cause itching and rashes.Another common form of yeast infection, common among women is vaginitis, which causes severe pain and itching as well as unpleasant whitish-gray cottage cheese-like discharge.While these and other similar infections can generally be treated successfully with antifungal medications and creams, yeast infections that enter the bloodstream can be life-threatening.
While the our immune systems generally keep yeast under control, weakened or undeveloped immune system as well as metabolic illnesses (such as those mentioned by Dr. Gutierrez) are e significantly more susceptible for developing different forms of yeast infections.In addition, those taking antibiotics are also at added risk.