Category Archives: Part 2 M Med Micro topics

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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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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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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Nocardia and aerobic actinomycetes

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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Hepatitis E- more important issues for Pacific nations

Please see this previously posted presentation from Prof. Josh Davis about HEV– an excellent overview – tells the Australian part of the story – endemicity in pigs (genotype 3) and local foodborne outbreaks. The only survey of seroprevalence in the Pacific … Continue reading

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Q fever and other rickettsia

This Q fever presentation from Professor Stephen Graves is worthwhile of review.  The presence of Q fever in PNG is likely but not proven as yet.   Dr Ak’s paper to be appended soon! Also review this summary of laboratory … Continue reading

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UPNG May revision M Med sessions – presentations and further references

2nd May 2017 UPNG Infection prevention and control including TB IC Ferguson– presentation The incredible story of Dr Ignaz Semmelweis in Vienna, Austria. Hand Hygiene Australia- education resource page – see the Hand Hygiene Dance from Geneva demonstrate the 5 Moments and ‘Glen’s … Continue reading

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Skin soft tissue module – references for other important topics (part 2)

Scabies The efficacy of mass drug administration strategies to control scabies in a highly endemic population – NHMRC ongoing research project in the pacific . Scabies: an ancient global disease with a need for new therapies : recent BMC review – excellent … Continue reading

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Epidemiology – don’t be lost for words!

As part of your systematic review of a micro-organism species or group of species (e.g. Enterobacteriaceae) , knowledge about the ‘epidemiology‘ is essential,  the second element in the ORGANISM knowledge proforma. “Epidemiology is the study of the distribution and determinants of health-related … Continue reading

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Molecular microbiology – recent tutorial references and resources

Basics DNA extraction – essential first step. Quantity of DNA obtained can be assayed spectrophotometrically. Reverse transcriptase step – for detection of RNA viruses Nucleic acid amplification –  know how PCR works! This PCR animation is easy to understand.  Many other … Continue reading

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