Epidemiology and surveillance 101 – tutorial notes

Epidemiology and surveillance 101 Ferguson 2019  From the John Hunter Hospital 2019 Infectious Diseases tutorial program.


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Artemisinin derivatives for malaria – tutorial notes from Dan Lennon

Guest posting from Dr Dan Lennon, Microbiology Registrar.

Here is another excellent overview of important antimalarials.  Artemisinin Derivatives Lennon 2019.

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Staphylococcus aureus complex – S. argenteus – bug of the week

Guest posting from Dr Dan Lennon, Microbiology Registrar, Pathology North.

This species is increasingly recognised now that MALDITOF  mass spectrometry is widely used for bacterial identification. Here is a useful short summary : S argenteus Lennon 2019 Sept. These species should be regarded as clinically equivalent to S. aureus.

Here is a beautiful  photo taken by Dan. Staphylococcus argenteus on the left. S. aureus on the right. Chocolate agar.


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Cryptocococcal infection bibliography – PNG and Cambodia

I have assembled bibliographies of Cryptococcal literature relevant to:

Two PNG PhD theses of relevance date from the 1990s – summaries here – the authors published several papers that are within the collection above:

Rapid testing of serum and CSF using the current ICT card tests is a reliable diagnostic measure for both C. neoformans and C. gattii.  See also – https://idmic.net/2016/04/02/saving-lives-by-routine-cryptococcal-antigen-screening-and-pre-emptive-fluconazole-in-patients-with-advanced-hiv/

I have not located literature relevant to other Western Pacific Nations. Please let me know if anything is located.

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Overview of mycology

Thanks Josh Davis for this excellent two page summary. Study it to walk the fungal talk!

Davis overview of fungi and diseases 2014

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CDC Lab training videoclasses – easy instructions on accessing

There are a large number of valuable training classes available via CDC.  The access process is a little complicated and i have unpacked it in this document: ACCESSING THE CDC LAB COURSES

The set of 6 basic microbiology elements are excellent and are recommended within the PRIDA microbiology diploma.



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Video masterclass : respiratory plate reading

Guest posting: Dr Chris Ashhurst-Smith, Pathology North. Another excellent class from Chris. This was previously sitting at the end of the faeces reading video.

Part 5: Respiratory culture plate reading.  Video Felix Ferguson. 18 minutes.


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Clinical chemistry – post-graduate teaching presentations from RCPA group

Highly relevant teaching group for those of you who need to be clinical chemistry skilled!

Hunter Pathology Biochemistry training

The RCPA (Australian Pathology College) supports a weekly teleconferenced tutorial for all clinical chemistry trainees. The topics range from case reports to quite detailed reviews of testing issues and their clinical relevance.

The tutorials themselves go to air every Tuesday morning at 0800hr  (Australian Eastern Standard time).  If you wish to join these meetings, please email the co-ordinator Dr Altaf Alkhan (altafalkhanATgmail.com) who will provide you with the logon details.

The archived presentations are maintained on a secure googledocs site. For access, best to have a gmail address and contact Dr Altaf Alkhan (also copy please your email to me jkf999ATgmail.com), providing details of your current post-graduate status and teaching institution.


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UPNG MMED Revision week sessions – Sepsis, AMR, Antimicrobial stewardship and neurology

Here are the presentations from Drs Ferguson and Miteff at the 2019 sessions.



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Entamoeba histolytica

Note that if someone is a carrier (passes cysts of Entamoeba), then if they develop diarrhoea from some other cause, the cysts will form trophozoites – this does NOT mean the patient has amoebic dysentery!

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