Monthly Archives: December 2014

A cautionary tale: High usage of topical fusidic acid and rapid clonal expansion of fusidic acid-resistant Staphylococcus aureus

Originally posted on AIMED – Let's talk about antibiotics:
Clinical Infectious Diseases 2014 New Zealand report Researchers from the University of Auckland report that New Zealand, has now developed world’s highest rates of MRSA to topical antibacterial agents. Rates of resistance to the…

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Australian Antimicrobial Stewardship Clinical Care Standard

Originally posted on AIMED – Let's talk about antibiotics:
The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Healthcare, in collaboration with consumers, clinicians, researchers and health organisations, has developed the Antimicrobial Stewardship Clinical Care Standard and resources to guide…

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Our resident parasitologist now provides updates on lab diagnosis

See the Helminth and Protozoan pages for more!  Hemant Sharma, Pathology North, NSW is coordinating these postings. Please share with us your materials as well! Recent presentation and reference discussed at NAMS pathology session: Intestinal protozoal infestation profile in persistent … Continue reading

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Superbugs – recent Nepali Times piece from Prof Basnyat

http://nepalitimes.com/article/Nepali-Times-Buzz/superbugs-wrong-use-of-antibiotics,1873

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Joint Infectious Diseases Symposium at the IOM, Nepal 5th Dec 2/14

TUTH IOM symposium 5Dec2014b Please find selected abstracts of this important meeting which highlighted the collaboration between the Institute of Medicine, Kathmandu, Nepal and the National Center for Global Health and Medicine , Tokyo, Japan.

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Preparing accurate cumulative antibiograms – some pointers – part 1

Preparation of cumulative antibiograms that describe local bacterial susceptibility patterns is an essential requirement for sensible empirical antibiotic prescribing and guideline development. Over coming weeks, I will share learnings from Australia where all hospitals are compiling antibiograms that are in accord … Continue reading

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Novel carbapenemase gene NDM-12 detected in Kathmandu- E. coli MDR study

PhD candidate Basudah Shrestha gave an excellent presentation of her initial findings at a symposium celebrating the IOM, TU  collaboration with NCGM, Tokyo, Japan on Dec 5th 2014 at the Institute of Medicine, KMD.

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Human-to-Human Transmission of Ebola Virus- what’s the real evidence?

This short, excellent review from Centers for Disease Control, USA is worth reading in full! “During the 1995 Ebola outbreak in Kikwit, Democratic Republic of Congo, 80 (25%) of the 315 case-patients were healthcare personnel, and all of the healthcare … Continue reading

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Chimpanzee Adenovirus Vector Ebola Vaccine

Promising work – an immunogenic vaccine in phase 1 trial reported just this week. Accompanying editorial worth a read as are many of the other papers.

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Infectious diseases 101

Some thoughts to stimulate discussion! Make friends with your enemy (micro-organisms). Know a lot about The most important pathogens. Be systematic and critical about your knowledge and study. Access local research and expertise as much as possible. Contribute to research. … Continue reading

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