Category Archives: Bacteria (GPOS)

Gram positive pathogens

Invasive pneumococcal disease – the impetus for immunisation

Invasive Pneumococcal Disease Surveillance (Australia) – recent report gives you a good idea of which serotypes of pneumococcus are within the different vaccines and the recent changes to serotype-specific IPD indidence – we are seeing quite an impact that is … Continue reading

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Tuberculosis- drug resistant- online learning, mailing lists and references

Courtesy of Dr Suman Majumdar, Dr Catherine Berry and others. Therapeutics Recent presentation from our advanced trainee registrar concerning the new TB drugs: Brian_Chong 2017 New TB drugs. TB drug monographs :  up-to-date clinical profiles of TB drugs including guidance on … Continue reading

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BCG vaccine – more than just protection from childhood tuberculosis

This is a useful BCG systematic review concerning childhood protection against TB- worth reading in detail. Longterm BCG protection into adulthood – vaccine efficacy (VE) 10-19 years post BCG was 58% (95% CI 27 to 76) p=0·002 and there was still a non-significant … Continue reading

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Guide to MRSA strains and their emergence

It’s important to understand as much as you can about Staphylococcus aureus – it is such a prevalent cause of community and healthcare-associated infection and remains a major challenge to control.  It’s not just one species – various clones of … Continue reading

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Must know Gram positive bacterial pathogens for medical and pathology registrars/residents

By focusing your study on these organisms first, you will gain knowledge that is generalisable across most less common pathogens and diseases. Be systematic in your study – see proforma.  Future postings will provide background on key emerging issues with each … Continue reading

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Tuberculosis infection control – an essential priority

Control of healthcare TB transmission is an essential element of practice – protecting staff and other patients is paramount. Patients receiving drug therapy for drug susceptible TB are at increased risk for acquisition of MDR or XDR TB. WHO policy on … Continue reading

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