“You notify Public Health England, not Microbiology” explained the Microbiologist.
“Damn, I thought I asked for PHE, sorry” said the Doctor. “Oh well, I‘ll call them in a moment. Can I ask you about the patient as well?”
“The patient is an eighteen year old student back from University for the holidays. They have a severe headache, neck stiffness and photophobia. We are about to do a lumbar puncture. Is there anything additional we should look for?”
“Don’t forget the protein and glucose, but have you thought of mumps? Has the patient been vaccinated?”
“Errrr….sorry I don’t know”