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GIDEON Searching Tips


GIDEON (Global Infectious Diseases and Epidemiology Online Network)  is used for diagnosis and as a reference tool in the fields of tropical and infectious diseases, epidemiology, microbiology and antimicrobial chemotherapy. 

It has images of many bugs and their effect on the human body.  It also includes interactive maps, graphs and linked references.

The microbiology unit can be used to identify a taxon based on its phenotypic characteristics.  View a list of the typical positive and negative reactions for a specific organism and compare the reactions of two or more species.

Infectious Diseases Module

  • Diagnosis:
    • over 200 signs and symptoms
    • country where disease contracted & presumed incubation periods
    • disease comparisons

  • Diseases:
    • lists, agents, vectors, reservoirs, worldwide
    • real-time status of every disease in every country
    • over 30,000 graphs and images
    • "Clinical" tab gives information on signs, syptoms, laboratory abnormalites, and much more

  • Travel:
    • interactive maps (globe icon)
    • country-specific distribution maps and information
    • health warnings & guidelines

  • Drugs:
    • warnings
    • contraindications
    • tradenames

  • Vaccines:
    • mechanism of action
    • typical adult and pediatric dosages
    • are boosters needed

Tips and Demonstrations

Tips for searching this specialized database are given in a two-page PDF and a XX PowerPoint slides.

Microbiology Module

  • Identification and characterization modules for Bacteria, Mycobateria, and Yeasts. 
  • Decision tree begins with entering phenotypic tests which produces an identification list. 
  • Results can be compared and also a list of why an organism doesn't appear can be produced. 
  • Phenotype information can be displayed by clicking that tab.

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