Medical microbiologists diagnose diseases such as tuberculosis, meningitis, salmonella, thrush (Candida) and MRSA infection, to name a few.
They investigate food poisoning outbreaks and provide a quality control service to the food and drinks industry
They also undertake research and can be found in areas as diverse as medicine, industry, environment and education but the most common area is healthcare.
A medical microbiologist is a specialist in medical clinical microbiology. They provide clinical consultations on the investigation, diagnosis, and treatment of patients suffering from infectious diseases.
Medical Microbiologists establishes and directs infection control programs across public health care, infectious disease prevention and epidemiology.
They also contribute to the protection of public health by monitoring the patterns of infectious diseases and reporting new or unusual occurrences of infections.
Medical microbiologists also play a key role in controlling the spread of infectious diseases.
They provide the scientific and administrative direction of a clinical microbiology laboratory.