Monthly Archives: April 2017

HTLV-1 in Papua New Guinea

Guest posting: Dr Ian Marr, Senior Microbiology Registrar, Pathology North, NSW.  Human T cell lymphotropic virus 1 (HTLV-1), the first human retrovirus discovered, is found in some PNG populations and is an important topic for M. Med. post-grads and established … Continue reading

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Module 4- urinary tract infections – annotated SAQ

Urine bench Ferguson 2013: summary to go with your reading of the relevant text chapter.  Questions:  1.       Discuss sterile pyuria Presence of white cells (>10/10^9/L) without growth of conventional uropathogens.     Causes include: UTI- patient may have been on … Continue reading

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Invasive pneumococcal disease – the impetus for immunisation

Invasive Pneumococcal Disease Surveillance (Australia) – recent report gives you a good idea of which serotypes of pneumococcus are within the different vaccines and the recent changes to serotype-specific IPD indidence – we are seeing quite an impact that is … Continue reading

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Pertussis – diagnosis, outbreaks and incidence

Culture appearances – see the Atlas – bisected pearl appearance of the colonies on charcoal agar. Diagnostic pointers – Diagnosis of pertussis Outbreak literature – local studies – Pertussis outbreak PNG 2012, PNG medical journal 1977 report on pertussis outbreak.  Earlier report from Highlands … Continue reading

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