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Dr. Munson’s research laboratory investigates the diagnosis of sexually-transmitted infections (STI). Monitoring STI agent detection rates in a high-prevalence STI community is not only important from an epidemiologic perspective, but also in the context of novel assays designed for diagnosis of emerging STI agents.
An additional research interest of the laboratory is regional surveillance of antimicrobial resistance in clinically-significant bacteria. A recent evaluation of Wisconsin antimicrobial susceptibility patterns has revealed geographic and temporal differences in selected antibiotic/organism combinations. Annual surveillance of these differences can assist clinical practice at the level of pharmacy, infectious disease, clinical microbiology, and antibiotic stewardship initiatives.