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Microbiologist and Infectious Diseases Physician

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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Virology overview

Consider specific diagnostic approaches to each agent, including where relevant, serological testing, antigen detection and nucleic acid amplification methods.  Also know what is locally in use in your laboratory. Immunisation – need to know about the vaccines that are available … Continue reading

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Rabies review

Dr Ian Marr has produced a useful summary for our local ID & Micro tutes recently which is shared – Rabies_2018 Marr . It includes reference to Australian bat lyssavirus which clearly may have an incidence outside of Australia (in bats and/or … Continue reading

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Leprosy – key resources

Steinman et al.  Innovative tools and approaches to end the transmission of Mycobacterium leprae. Lancet ID 2017  See full text pdf already sent via email or request from JF Northern Territory, Australia Leprosy Guidelines – updated edition 4, May 2018- an acknowledged … Continue reading

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Human Papilloma Virus – further resources

HPV organism overview summary from Dr Rob Pickles, June 2018  20180615092024. Naturally Acquired Immunity Against Human Papillomavirus (HPV): Why It Matters in the HPV Vaccine Era. Editorial, JID 2014. Possible interactions between Chlamydial infection/ other STDs and HPV carcinogenesis : Cervical Cancer Induction Enhancement … Continue reading

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NAMS Nepal presentations 2018 (R Martin)

Here are the four presentations given to National Academy of Medical Sciences, Bir Hospital Pathology and Medicine Residents over the week commencing 7/5/18  by Emeritus Professor Robert Martin, President of the Diagnostic Microbiology Development Program. Laboratory Strengthening and the Diagnostic … Continue reading

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NAMS Nepal presentations 2018 (JK Ferguson)

Here are the three presentations given to National Academy of Medical Sciences, Bir Hospital Medical Residents over the week commencing 7/5/18. Thank you for attending and I hope they were useful. Please feel free to contact me via email if … Continue reading

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How to read the cumulative antibiogram and its usefulness

Here are example antibiograms for Hunter New England (NSW). These are constructed by assessing the % susceptible for specific bugs and drugs, taking only the first isolate of a species per person per annum.  Where is it possible extrapolate susceptibility … Continue reading

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Nocardia (part 2 topic)

Guest posting: Dr Syeda Navqi, Microbiology Registrar, Pathology North.  Group: Aerobic actinomycetes Gram positive bacteria that are usually filamentous and branched, commonly producing a fungus like mycelium that fragments into rod shaped or short coccoid form. All grow better under … Continue reading

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Recent update on TB diagnostic techniques – GenXpert MTB/RIF Ultra

Guest posting: Dr Ian Marr, Microbiology Registrar, Pathology NSW, Hunter The GenXpert used in most LMIC has cartridges for detection of Mycobacterium tuberculosis (MTB) – GenXpert MTB/RIF. These contain primers and molecular beacon probes for the detection of both MTB … Continue reading

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