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Once a respiratory virus like influenza has entered your home or workplace, it is wise to treat the space like a hospital and practice infection prevention and control. (Shutterstock)

How to eradicate the flu virus from your home

From face-touching to virus-contaminated electronic devices, a scientist offers some tips on eradicating the flu virus from your home.
The usual culprit is the bacterium Staphylococcus aureus, better known as “golden staph”. Shutterstock

What are school sores and how do you get rid of them?

School sores usually clear up within a few weeks, without any scarring. Here's what to do if you suspect your child has them.
Bats are the only mammals capable of true flight. Scientists believe flight may influence their immune responses to coronoviruses, which cause fatal diseases such as SARS and MERS in humans. (Shutterstock)

Can bats help humans survive the next pandemic?

Scientific studies show that bats may carry "coronoviruses" causing SARS and MERS - without showing symptoms of disease. Could the bat immune system be key to human survival in future pandemics?
People mainly think of GPs over-prescribing antibiotics, but ubiquitous use in farming and other areas also contributes to resistance in bacteria. Reuters/Brian Snyder

When the drugs don’t work: how we can turn the tide of antimicrobial resistance

We need a concentrated and coordinated effort by government and scientists if we're to stave off the threat of antimicrobial resistant bacteria.
A hospital nurse checks the temperature of all visitors in Conakry (Guinea) in 2014, at the height of the Ebola epidemic. Marie-Agnès Heine/OMS

Ebola’s forgotten victims: what we can learn from them and what we can do

One year after the end of the West African Ebola epidemic, a study of survivors in Guinea shows what has been learned about the deadly virus, and what remains unknown.
According to the World Health Organisation, antimicrobial resistance is now at crisis point. from www.shutterstock.com.au

Recent death from resistant bug won’t be the last

The US Centers for Disease Control has reported a woman in her 70s has died of overwhelming sepsis caused by a bacterium that was resistant to all available antibiotics.
Trachoma disappeared from most of Australia 100 years ago as individual and community hygiene improved.

Why is trachoma blinding Aboriginal children when mainstream Australia eliminated it 100 years ago?

Trachoma easily spreads from one child to another through infected eye and nose secretions. A person may have up to 40 episodes of reinfection during childhood.
Advances in computing make it possible to model the spread of disease on an individual level, in a population of millions of people. Shutterstock/Maridav

Computing helps the study of infections on a global and local scale

Millions of people die or suffer from infectious diseases each year. Computer modelling can now help simulate the impact of any spreading disease.
People who have big weekends tend to take more sickies at work. from shutterstock.com

Could a weekend of binge-drinking worsen your cold?

There's no doubt chronic alcohol abuse changes the body's infection-defence system. But here's what the research says on whether a binge-drinking weekend can make people more susceptible to illness.

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