Category Archives: PNG

Papua New Guinea

STDs in the Pacific and elsewhere: some essential research papers to review

Most of these have free text available via the PUBMED link and come from projects lead by PNGIMR and the Kirby and Burnet Institutes.  Remember as well to use the WHO STD Laboratory Manual as your microbiological study reference for … Continue reading

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Coccidian enteric parasites- Cryptosporidium and Cyclospora

FERGUSON 2011 Coccidian enteric parasites  (includes references relevant to Nepal) Rapid diagnostic tests for Cryptosporidium are effective- often combined with a giardia test.   However as the illness is self-limited in the immunocompetent, testing probably not relevant. Highly relevant for immunocompromised patients … 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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Pertussis – diagnosis, outbreaks and incidence

Culture appearances – see the Atlas – bisected pearl appearance of the colonies on charcoal agar. Diagnostic pointers – Diagnosis of pertussis Outbreak literature – local studies – Pertussis outbreak PNG 2012, PNG medical journal 1977 report on pertussis outbreak.  Earlier report from Highlands … Continue reading

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Antibiotic resistance and prescribing presentation & quiz- Year 5 UPNG

Here is a copy of the presentation from the session given to year 5 Medicine students, February 2017 : year-5-presentation-ferguson-2017-b.  Please send me your comments or further questions or put down a comment on this web posting! Here are the pre-session … 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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Hot topics – sepsis definitions, flaviviruses and unintended consequences of antibiotics

What’s hot in Infectious Diseases 2016 Ferguson Port Moresby General Hospital Grand Rounds  1/3/16. Antibiotic stewardship key points from this talk: Audit how antibiotics are being used in your unit/hospital – if you don’t measure something you can’t change it! Eliminate … Continue reading

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Antimicrobial resistance: WHY it matters, HOW did it arise and WHAT can we do about it – PNG focus

Global status of AMR with focus on PNG Medical Symposium Sept 2015 Why does AMR matter? Antimicrobial resistance kills- mortality higher for resistant pathogens AMR hampers the control of infectious diseases – prolonged infectivity – eg. MDR-TB AMR increases the … Continue reading

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Role of pathologists (microbiology) in antimicrobial resistance control – presentation from PNG symposium

PNG symposium , pathologist meeting presentation –  Role of pathologists in AMR control Ferguson PNG Sept 2015. Microbiology underpins every process to do with AMR control (see graphic from react.org below).  Pathology registrars and pathologists need to develop expertise across … Continue reading

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