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Test spots golden staph infections faster

Researchers have developed a faster and more effective method of detecting Staphylococcus aureus (golden staph) infections…
Jude Law as Alan Krumwiede in the thriller “Contagion”. Claudette Barius

Steven Soderbergh’s Contagion: sounding alarm for the next pandemic?

One touch and you’re infected. By the next day your muscles ache, you have a fever and the beginnings of a headache. You don’t know it yet, but you only have a one in three chance of survival and you’ve…
Encephalitis lethargica seemed to take over its victims’ mind with neurologic and psychiatric changes. Finizio

A viral infection of the mind? The curious case of encephalitis lethargica

Encephalitis lethargica, an infectious disorder that only once appeared in epidemic form (1916-1926), is largely forgotten now. But this curious illness provided significant insights into brain function…

TB bacteria blocks immune cell production

The tuberculosis bacteria has a unique molecule on its surface that blocks a key part of the body’s defense. Research suggests…
New strategies targeting young people are needed to stop the chlamydia epidemic, the report’s authors said. Flickr/Paul H Photography

HIV rates stable but chlamydia cases skyrocket

Australia’s rates of HIV infection have remained stable for the last five years but gonorrhoea cases shot up 25% last year…
Only 2% of Australia’s TB is drug-resistant but this is much more common in PNG. Flickr/PACOM

Papua New Guinea, drug-resistant tuberculosis and Australia

Papua New Guinea (PNG) is currently in a battle with potentially preventable and treatable tuberculosis, as reported in today’s Age and Sydney Morning Herald newspapers. The disease has increased in the…
Children too young for the vaccine or those who haven’t been vaccinated are most at risk from whooping cough. anjanettew/Flickr

Clear and present danger: how best to fight the latest whooping cough outbreak

Even though we’ve had a whooping cough (pertussis) vaccine since the 1950s, the disease is proving difficult to control and beat. Dealing with its resurgence requires clear communication about the importance…

Hendra virus: high mortality rate in humans

The Hendra virus (HeV) infection has a high mortality rate in humans, killing four of the seven people who have ever contracted…
Bird flu transmission to humans is rare and hasn’t occurred with this new strain. AAP

Explainer: should we be worried about the new strain of bird flu?

The circulation of a new strain of the H5N1 avian flu virus from China and Vietnam has prompted calls from the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the UN for health authorities to be ready for a possible…
Professor Scott O'Neill inspects the first Wolbachia Aedes aegypti mosquitoes released in North Queensland. In this trial, Wolbachia-infected mosquitoes, which don’t pass dengue fever onto humans, went on to breed with local populations and begat new generations of Wolbachia-infected mosquitoes. Photo: Eliminate Dengue program

World first Wolbachia bacterium field trial success offers dengue hope

World-first field trials of a new technique to stop mosquitoes passing the dangerous and painful dengue virus onto humans…
Legionella’s is rare but can have devastating effects on those with compromised immune systems. Flickr/Alex R

Hospital outbreak of legionella – should we be worried?

Every few weeks or months we see another outbreak of the potentially deadly legionella bacteria. Today, it’s a regional South Australian hospital, where 36 aged residents have been exposed to a contaminated…

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