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Microbiologist and Infectious Diseases Physician

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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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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