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Microbiologist and Infectious Diseases Physician

Hepatitis B and D – treatment is highly effective, safe and affordable

Chronic hepatitis B is a major public health burden in most LMICscontributing to unnecessary suffering from liver failure and liver cancer leading to loss of life. Treatment is highly effective, safe, and affordable.   Simplified treatment algorithms along with access to … Continue reading

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PNG Antibiotic Guidelines on the way!

After quite some planning and with the support of WHO and Burnet Institute,  last week saw the convening of a Guideline Writing Committee in Port Moresby. The committee membership includes many senior PNG clinicians, co-chaired by Dr Goa Tau (NDOH) … Continue reading

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Respiratory specimens – approach to analysis and interpretation

Guest posting: Ms Tessa Oakley, Senior Bacteriology Scientist with the Timor-Leste Fleming Fund Country Grant and PRIDA member.  This excellent lecture is from a March 2022 session during the PRIDA Scientific Officer Microbiology Diploma course. Sputum and Respiratory Oakley 2022 … Continue reading

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Urinalysis, crystals and casts – annotated photographic guides

Produced by Dr Henry Butt, Senior Hospital Scientist, Newcastle, Australia in 1998.  Urinary Crystals Urinalysis Urinary casts  See also:

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COVID-19 update and the effectiveness of the AstraZeneca vaccine – Dr Ian Marr

Guest posting from Dr Ian Marr –MBBS FRACP FRCPA Infectious Disease Physician and Microbiologist This is a recent lecture provided under the auspices of PRIDA to Samoan physicians and students.   Samoa COVID Marr July 2021 Please add questions to Dr … Continue reading

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Yeast 101 – species of medical importance – Dr N Townell

Yeast summary April 2021 Townell Candida species Cryptococcus species Trichosporon species Talaromyces marneffei (previously Penicillium marneffei) Rhodotorula species Malassezia furfur Pneumocysitis jiroveci Dimorphic fungi not included.

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PRIDA Infectious Diseases and Microbiology Journal club: Pacific and SE asia 2021

These will be run with a 45-60 min Zoom session each fortnight on Friday and focus on an article of relevance to the Pacific and SE asia.   This will focus on Infectious Disease and Microbiology.  We will also use it … Continue reading

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Top 10 Infectious Diseases papers 2020 from Prof Josh Davis

Guest posting from Josh Davis, Infectious Diseases Physician, John Hunter Hospital,  Newcastle,  NSW. Thanks Josh! He has selected the Top ID papers of 2020 Davis based on: Deal with diagnosis or Rx of infectious diseases (COVID excluded) Relevant to clinical … Continue reading

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REVIVE Antimicrobial Encyclopaedia

The Global Antibiotic Research & Development Partnership (GARDP) has announced the launch of their new resource, the Encyclopaedia – REVIVE ( A great new resource!    This resource includes definitions of terms from the field of antimicrobials including ‘Active Pharmaceutical … Continue reading

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Polioviruses – update 2020

Polio eradication – so close but still not there! Here is an excellent recent 2 page wrap up by Dr S. Naqvi, our senior registrar in Infectious Diseases and Microbiology.  Polioviruses Naqvi 2020 tutorial See also Circulating vaccine derived poliovirus … Continue reading

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