Updated guide to clinically important bacteria, fungi, parasites, and viruses


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APIC releases 4th edition of key resource on pathogens
Arlington, Va., Mar. 5, 2018 – Updated information on current and known emerging pathogens is now available in the new 4th edition of Ready Reference for Microbes, which has just been published by the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC).

The revised edition provides quick reference information for infection preventionists (IPs) and other healthcare professionals

about medically common and clinically significant microorganisms found in humans. Vital facts on the most important microbes include scientific name, common name, description, associated infections, and mode of transmission.

Seven chapters focus on:

  • Bacteria
  • Common commensals
  • Viruses
  • Fungi
  • Parasites
  • Organisms used as bioterrorism agents
  • Antimicrobial therapy

Seven “quick facts” appendixes cover essential topics: common pathogens by body site, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, Clostridium difficile, seasonal influenza, isolation precautions, antibiograms, and antimicrobial stewardship. Every chapter contains references and added resources. The new edition includes information on the Zika virus and Candida auris. Easy-to-read tables are presented in a flip-through format for ease of use.

 “With a convenient reference in hand to quickly identify infections and modes of transmission, healthcare professionals will have the opportunity to respond rapidly with medical treatment and the appropriate infection control procedures,” said Angela S. Hernandez, MPH, MT(ASCP), Infection Preventionist at Presbyterian Healthcare Services, Albuquerque, NM and a co-author of the 4th edition. Also co-authoring the new edition is Catherine Alesich Chachere, CLS(ASCP)CM, RN, CIC, Infection Prevention Coordinator, Woman’s Hospital, Baton Rouge, LA.

Ready Reference for Microbes, 4th edition, is available in print and digital (PDF) formats. Visit the APIC Store to learn more, view the table of contents, and read the preface.


APIC’s mission is to create a safer world through prevention of infection. The association’s more than 15,000 members direct infection prevention programs that save lives and improve the bottom line for hospitals and other healthcare facilities. APIC advances its mission through patient safety, implementation science, competencies and certification, advocacy, and data standardization. Visit APIC online at www.apic.org. Follow APIC on Twitter: www.twitter.com/apic and Facebook: www.facebook.com/APICInfectionPreventionandYou. For information on what patients and families can do, visit APIC’s Infection Prevention and You website at www.apic.org/infectionpreventionandyou

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