Staphylococcus aureus bacteria that have developed a resistance to Methicillin, the drug of choice.
Vancomycin-Resistant Enterococcus (VRE)
Enterococcus bacteria that are no longer sensitive to Vancomycin.
One of a group of minute infections agents that grow only in living tissues or cells.
The animal, plant, or human that supports the growth of microorganisms.
Any one-celled animal-like microorganism of the sub-kingdom protozoa.
The crawling movement of cells brought about by the cell successively becoming longer and then retracting.
A large group of plant-like organisms including molds, mushrooms, and yeasts without chlorophyll.
Causative agent (chain of infection)
The microorganism that causes an infectious disease.
Reservoir of agent (chain of infection)
The place where an infectious agent (microorganism) can survive.
An individual who harbors and disseminates specific pathogenic microorganisms without manifesting any clinical symptoms, and who serves as an intermediary in the transfer of diseases to a susceptible person.
Portal of exit (chain of infection)
The path by which an infectious agent leaves the reservoir.
Mode of transmission (chain of infection)
The method of transfer of an infectious agent from the reservoir to a susceptible host.
Portal of entry (chain of infection)
The path used by an infectious agent to enter a susceptible host.
Susceptible host (chain of infection)
A person or animal that lacks the ability to resist infection by an infectious agent.