Mekong Sante presentation

Canvas briefcase with the Mekong Sante logo, de rigueur for any conference in Cambodia

Joanne Letchford, the VIDA volunteer microbiologist, who has been working with Ph. Nhem Somary in the Kampong Cham microbiology lab, gave a great presentation this morning on their observations over the last two years.  They have raised physician expectations for how a clinical microbiology lab in a 250 bed hospital in a small town along the Mekong River can significantly contribute to patient care.  They reported the isolation of 92 V. cholerae in 2010.  They contributed to the growing awareness of the presence of Burkholderia pseudomallei infections here in Cambodia.  B. pseudomallei is the etiological agent of melioidosis which is commonly confused with tuberculosis and treated with inappropriate antibiotics.  They reported a very high rate of community-acquired MRSA.  They reported the isolation of Streptococcus suis, an emerging pathogen causing meningitis and septicemia in China, Vietnam and Thailand.  Most importantly, their work saved, and will continue to save, the lives of many poor Cambodians.