Category Archives: Module-virology

COVID-19 update and the effectiveness of the AstraZeneca vaccine – Dr Ian Marr

Guest posting from Dr Ian Marr –MBBS FRACP FRCPA Infectious Disease Physician and Microbiologist This is a recent lecture provided under the auspices of PRIDA to Samoan physicians and students.   Samoa COVID Marr July 2021 Please add questions to Dr … Continue reading

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COVID-19 – Infection Prevention and Control literature – May to July 2021

Selected papers that related to COVID-19 infection prevention and control from the daily COVID-19 Critical Intelligence Unit  listings and other identified literature.  This posting does not assess the specific evidence or its quality. Please let me know of any gaps – @mdjkf. Evidence … Continue reading

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Polioviruses – update 2020

Polio eradication – so close but still not there! Here is an excellent recent 2 page wrap up by Dr S. Naqvi, our senior registrar in Infectious Diseases and Microbiology.  Polioviruses Naqvi 2020 tutorial See also Circulating vaccine derived poliovirus … Continue reading

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Hepatitis C update – Flaviviridae tutorials 2020

Hepatitis C Virus tutorial JSD JF Sep 2020   Drs J Ferguson and J Davis Also see Australian HIV, HCV and HBV precribing summary.

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Varicella zoster – three illustrative cases

Guest posting: Dr Holly Jordan, Physician Trainee, John Hunter Hospital, Newcastle, NSW.  Case 1: 76F presents with headache, lethargy and behavioural changes 1 week post developing unilateral vesicular rash of the upper limb. Case 2: u73F presents with 3-4 days … Continue reading

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COVID19 – PRIDA Course sessions: Overview, IPC, Diagnosis, Outbreak response

8/4/20 Presenters: Drs Nikki Townell  – Coronavirus overview ; John Ferguson – Infection control COVID19 Coronavirus 1 – PRIDA Townell 8Apr2020 COVID-19 IC update Ferguson 8Apr20 PRIDA Session recording (slides and audio) :- https://zoom.us/rec/play/68Upd7v5_Wo3HIGTswSDVvctW43pK_is23JM8voLyk2zUiYFN1KnbrMXYedM39uvnf_8SjO770Fzlpnv?autoplay=true&startTime=1586318062000 8/4/20 Journal Club: Townell  Paper discussed: … Continue reading

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Enzyme immunoassays (EIA) unpacked

There are many types of EIA used in microbiology and biochemistry.  Depending on the format of the test, some have alternative names such as ELISA and CLIA (chemoluminescent immunoassay).

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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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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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