Monthly Archives: August 2018

Malaria diagnostics- what’s new and why is it important?

Guest posting: Dr Ian Marr, Microbiology Registrar, NSW Health Pathology.  Malaria diagnosis Marr August 2018 v2 Short questions for postgraduates: Describe the relative sensitivity of different malaria test methodologies – microscopy,  rapid diagnostic kits and nucleic acid amplification. Describe the … Continue reading

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Genetics presentations L/Professor Rodney Scott, Bir Hospital, Nepal August 2018

Guest posting with permission from Laureate Professor Rodney Scott : these are his presentations provided to post-graduates in Nepal during his recent visit to inspect the new cytogenetics laboratory at the National Academy of Medical Sciences,  Bir Hospital, Kathmandu. Most presentations … Continue reading

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Parasitology overview and helminth infection (PNG)

Classification of Parasites and Helminths 2018 Marr Diagnosis of filarial infections (WHO) Kow PNGMJ 2013 – a comparative study of intestinal helminths, PNG Owen-IL Parasitic_zoonoses_PNG J Helminthology 2005 Strongyloides CDC site ;   Robertson NT strongyloides PCR test Reference CDC  Laboratory Identification … Continue reading

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Tuberculosis – recent epidemiological data from PNG

These recent papers will be useful to review/ discuss (especially the first two): PNG TB resistance survey PLOS 2016 Epidemiology of TB PNG 2008-2016 Aia et al WPSAR 2018 1471-2334-14-93 TB Gulf province PNG 12866_2014_Article_307 TB diversity Highlands

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Measles – always relevant

Guest posting: Dr Nilar Lwin, Microbiology Registrar, Pathology North.  Measles overview including laboratory diagnosis:    Measles virus Lwin 2018 Reports of recent measles outbreaks in PNG which are worth a close read: Vanimo, 2017: https://reliefweb.int/sites/reliefweb.int/files/resources/MDRPG006dfr.pdf Madang, 2014: https://ojs.wpro.who.int/ojs/index.php/wpsar/article/view/473/721 References Global Measles and … Continue reading

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Immunisation schedules and SAQ

It’s useful to know your schedules and appreciate something of the rationale for the dosing recommendations. Also be aware of key vaccines that are yet to be introduced – e.g. rotavirus, HPV.  Please work through the SAQ below.  Correct 2016 … Continue reading

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Burkholderia pseudomallei review including laboratory aspects

Guest posting: Dr Ian Marr, Microbiology Registrar, Pathology North. Melioidosis is a cause of severe pneumonia, bacteraemia, urosepsis, prostatic abscess, CNS infection, pyogenic myositis and liver and spleen abscesses. It is found in PNG especially around the Balimo region – … Continue reading

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