Author Archives: mdjkf

About mdjkf

Microbiologist and Infectious Diseases Physician

Leishmaniasis case report and overview

Case report, overview, diagnosis and treatment: Dr A Oon Leishmania July 2017 Life cycle WHO Leishmaniasis site From Stark et al, case report Medical Journal of Australia 2007 :  A: Non-healing New World cutaneous leishmaniasis ulcer on the left forearm. B: … Continue reading

Posted in Module - Parasitology, Nepal, Parasitology, Presentations | Tagged | Leave a comment

Toxoplasma, Entamoeba histolytica, Amoebic meningoencephalitis & keratitis

Toxoplasmosis  Overview- Toxoplasmosis Life cycle Relevant manifestations to consider further: congenital – diagnosis – excellent recent guide  reactivation in an immunocompromised (deficient cell-mediated immunity ) patient  such as someone with advanced HIV – then cerebral abscess (may be multiple), retinitis or … Continue reading

Posted in Module - Parasitology, Parasitology | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Coccidian enteric parasites- Cryptosporidium and Cyclospora

FERGUSON 2011 Coccidian enteric parasites  (includes references relevant to Nepal) Rapid diagnostic tests for Cryptosporidium are effective- often combined with a giardia test.   However as the illness is self-limited in the immunocompetent, testing probably not relevant. Highly relevant for immunocompromised patients … Continue reading

Posted in Module - Parasitology, Nepal, PNG | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Plasmodium species (malaria)

Recent CPHL malaria workshop materials – make sure you have a copy and review same. Malaria 2014 John Hunter Hospital program tutorial overview Health information system strengthening and malaria elimination in Papua New Guinea.  Rosewell A et al.   Malar J. 2017 Jul 5;16(1):278. … Continue reading

Posted in Module - Parasitology, Parasitology | Tagged | Leave a comment

Infection control guidelines – Pacific Nations

PPHSN Infection Prevention and  Control Guidelines –  2010  These are likely to be updated before too long.  They are produced by PICNet – Pacific regional Infection Control Network. Updated PNG Infection Control Guidelines are expected soon.

Posted in Infection prev & control, Module-basic microbiology and AMR, Pacific nations | Tagged | Leave a comment

Hepatitis E- more important issues for Pacific nations

Please see this previously posted presentation from Prof. Josh Davis about HEV– an excellent overview – tells the Australian part of the story – endemicity in pigs (genotype 3) and local foodborne outbreaks. The only survey of seroprevalence in the Pacific … Continue reading

Posted in Module-virology, Part 2 M Med Micro topics | Tagged | Leave a comment

“UTI” – Requiem for a Heavyweight – a landmark paper

Originally posted on AIMED – Let's talk about antibiotics:
A recent paper, “Urinary Tract Infection”-Requiem for a Heavyweight  by Dr Thomas Finucaine skillfully unpacks many key issues, coupling this with a consideration of the emerging knowledge of the urinary microbiome…

Posted in Journal, Module - Urinary Tract | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

You are what you eat – or should our gut microbiome be considered an important body system in its own right?

Originally posted on AIMED – Let's talk about antibiotics:
Guest posting: Assoc. Prof. Josh Davis,  Principal Research Fellow/NHMRC Career Development Fellow, Menzies School of Health Research, Senior Staff Specialist Infectious Diseases Physician, John Hunter Hospital, Conjoint Professor School of Medicine and Public Health, University of…

Posted in Conference report, Module-basic microbiology and AMR | Tagged | Leave a comment

Neisseria gonnorhoeae – brief review and data on AMR in PNG

A brief Neisseria gonorrhoeae update from our registrar Ian Marr at our regular bug of the week teaching round. We still culture it regularly from our samples – susceptibility testing is done at a reference laboratory. PCR diagnosis from early pass urine … Continue reading

Posted in Module - STDs | Tagged | 1 Comment

WHO Core Components for Infection Control

Essential guidelines published last year by the WHO.  There is an excellent brief (2 minute) video review of the components. This is the single page info graphic: Remember also to complete the 10 free Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Healthcare … Continue reading

Posted in Infection prev & control | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment