Clinical Microbiology and Antimicrobial Chemotherapy. 2000; 2(2):4-11
Extension of spectrum of human bacterial pathogens as well as variety of their characteristics and unequal medical significance demand further study in order to extend the information on bacterial infections. This knowledge is necessary for organization of prudent tactics in the treatment of classical and opportunistic infections especially at the initial (pre-laboratory) and final (interpretation) microbiological diagnostic stages as well as for selection of means for etiological treatment and specific prophylaxis. Thus it seems very important for physicians and other medical staff to be aware of particular features of human bacterial pathogens and their classification. The material presented includes the data on systemic position of human bacterial pathogens, their virulence and gives a practical approach to diagnostics, treatment and prophylaxis of bacterial infections.