Category Archives: Viruses

Zika transmission prevention not just for men- updated WHO guidance

Originally posted on AIMED – Let's talk about antibiotics:
The World Health Organization (WHO) has strengthened its advice on preventing sexual transmission of the Zika virus. The interim guidance report recommends that both men AND women practice safe sex for six…

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Metapneumovirus (hMPV) – bug of the week

Human-metapneumovirus-sept-2016-path-north summary sheet. See also this local case reports of severe pneumonia due to hMPV.  Includes discussion of Hunter New England region, NSW,  Australia epidemiology and current knowledge / research in to hMPV. Note the change to taxonomy that has occurred in … Continue reading

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Adenovirus – bug of the week

Adenovirus overview -2016-path-north; Prepared for our weekly pathology teaching round by one of our registrars. Reference CDC Adenovirus site Image credit: http://www.daviddarling.info/encyclopedia/A/adenovirus_infection.html  

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Severe primary dengue- recent case and discussion

Guest posting from our Infectious Diseases advanced trainee, Dr Milton Micallef. ID meeting-presentation-dengue-dhf-and-dss Sept 2016 N.B. For an update on dengue viral vaccines (very promising work and at least one tetravalent vaccine in use), see WHO Dengue Vaccine Research page. Excellent … Continue reading

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Endemic Hepatitis E in Oz (and elsewhere) – update from Prof Josh Davis

Guest posting: A/Prof Josh Davis, Infectious Diseases Physician, John Hunter Hospital, NSW, Principal  Research Fellow, Menzies School of Health Research, NT, Australia. Another excellent presentation from Josh.  HEV talk ASID Annual Scientific Meeting 2016_Davis.  An essential topic for ID and Pathology post-grads! References (both … Continue reading

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What adverse fetal outcomes are associated with dengue in pregnancy?

Guest posting: Dr Ayesha Akram, Microbiology Registrar, Pathology North, NSW.  Prematurity and low birth weight are important causes of neonatal death and despite increasing awareness of the importance of these adverse pregnancy outcomes, the causes remains unknown on many occasions. … Continue reading

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Hepatitis C- updates on biology and the new treatments from Josh Davis

Guest posting: A/Prof Josh Davis, Infectious Diseases Physician, John Hunter Hospital, NSW, Principal  Research Fellow, Menzies School of Health Research, NT, Australia. Hepatitis C Virus ID_Micro tute August 2016 HCV treatment JHH ID meeting 2016

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Hepatitis A to E – Josh Davis with some clear messages

Guest posting: A/Prof Josh Davis, Infectious Diseases Physician,  University of Newcastle and John Hunter Hospital  Presented with his usual idiosyncratic style! Great for revision and to learn about the cutting edge of HBV management. Hepatitis Viruses A to E_2015 Davis 2014 … Continue reading

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Cytomegalovirus – congenital disease prevention & treatment

Excellent series of expert reviews in Microbiology Australia recently including: Congenital cytomegalovirus: the invisible problem- Prof. Bill Rawlinson Clinical and epidemiological features of congenital cytomegalovirus infection globally–  Wendy J van Zuylen Therapeutics to prevent congenital cytomegalovirus during pregnancy: what is available … Continue reading

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Zika – more important reports to consider

The A to Z of Zika A-Z with additional recent Pacific Nation data Presentation_18022016 Eastwood Taylor  – recent update from our Population Health experts, Keith Eastwood and Kat Taylor, Feb 2016. Potential sexual transmissions and CDC (USA) interim advice just released. … Continue reading

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