Category Archives: Leptospirosis

PLOS’ New Data Policy: Public Access to Data

PLOS Blogs Liz Silva 24 February 2014

Access to research results, immediately and without restriction, has always been at the heart of PLOS’ mission and the wider Open Access movement. However, without similar access to the data underlying the findings, the article can be of limited use. For this reason, PLOS has always required that authors make their data available to other academic researchers who wish to replicate, reanalyze, or build upon the findings published in our journals.

In an effort to increase access to this data, we are now revising our data-sharing policy for all PLOS journals: authors must make all data publicly available, without restriction, immediately upon publication of the article. Beginning March 3rd, 2014, all authors who submit to a PLOS journal will be asked to provide a Data Availability Statement, describing where and how others can access each dataset that underlies the findings. This Data Availability Statement will be published on the first page of each article.

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Hantavirus row rages

The Hindu 11 February 2014

The detection of cases of probable hantavirus infection in patients who had presented with leptospirosis-like symptoms in Thiruvananthapuram is a warning signal that the health system needs to be more aware of the dangers posed by new pathogens.

The increasing number of patients dying of suspected leptospirosis and scrub typhus patients, presenting with symptoms akin to leptospirosis, has been a topic of discussion among the Health Services fraternity.

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International conference launched to mark centenary of HK Government Laboratory

2 December 2013

In celebration of its 100th anniversary, the Government Laboratory today (December 2) launched a four-day international conference bringing together distinguished experts in metrology, quality assurance, analytical chemistry and forensic science from around the world to share their innovative ideas,knowledge and latest scientific developments.

Scientific sessions and workshops will be held for participants to discuss international collaborative efforts to strengthen and raise scientific standards, challenges faced by scientists worldwide and innovations to prepare for the future.

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Conference Alert: 2013 International Congress on Chemical, Biological and Environmental Sciences (ICCBES)

8 – 10 August 2013,  Bali, Indonisia, Indonesia

The conference is to offer scholars, professionals, academics and graduate students to present, share, and discuss their studies from various perspectives in the fields of Chemical, Biological and Environmental Sciences.

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Conference Alert – Epidemics 4 – Fourth International Conference on Infectious Disease Dynamics

19-22 November 2013;  Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Are you working on one of the topics planned for Epidemics4? Submit your abstract before 28 June to join the world’s leading epidemics experts!

  • Dynamics of infectious diseases of humans
  • Dynamics of infectious diseases of other species
  • Within-host dynamics and immuno-epidemiology
  • Ecology of infectious diseases
  • Evolution and natural selection in infectious diseases
  • Dynamics and consequences of antimicrobialresistance
  • Global and public health aspects of control and prevention
  • Infectious diseases in a changing environment and climate
  • Policy, economics, sociology and decision making
  • Uncertainty in decision making
  • Infectious disease surveillance
  • Statistical methods for infectious disease data
  • Social, spatial and network aspects of interaction
  • Phylodynamics and infectious diseases
  • Zoonoses and other cross-species events
  • Vector-borne diseases
  • Host behaviour and infectious diseases
  • Genomics in infectious disease surveillance and control
  • Optimization of infectious disease surveillance and control
  • Infectious disease forecasting
  • Historical disease dynamics
  • Multi-host and multi-pathogen/parasite systems

Abstract Submission Deadline : 28 June 2013

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Courier Mail – Login to read articles

The Courier Mail now requires you to REGISTER and LOG IN to read news articles.  This is a very simple process which you will need to perform to continue to read News Alerts from the Courier Mail.

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Human disease leptospirosis identified in new species, the banded mongoose, in Africa

(National Science Foundation 14 May 2013) Leptospirosis is the world’s most common illness transmitted to humans by animals. It’s a two-phase disease that begins with flu-like symptoms. If untreated, it can cause meningitis, liver damage, pulmonary hemorrhage, renal failure and death.

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What’s new – March 2013

Please note: the following information is provided for Queensland Health staff only.


  • Get that government job: the secrets to winning positions with selection criteria (2nd ed.) / Dawn Richards Request this item
  • Statistics and chemo metrics in analytical chemistry (6th ed.) / J. M. Miller & J. C. Miller  Request this item
  • Forensic Science evidence: can the law keep up with science / Donald E. Shelton  Request this item
  • Planning and positioning in MRI / Anne Bright Request this item
  • Practical statistics for the analytical scientist: a bench guide (2nd ed.) / S. L. R. Ellison, V. J. Barwick & T. J. Duguid Farrant Request this item
  • Emerging & re-emerging infectious diseases Request this item

eBooks (ForensicNetBase)


Journal of Forensic Radiology and Imaging now available online. A username and password is required to access this via ScienceDirect. Contact the library for these details.

Content (volume 1)  includes:

  • Sudden death in a man with pulmonary alveolar proteinosis: postmoretem radiology and autopsy findings
  • CT findings in two nail gun suicides
  • Forensic imaging of the living: a short stab at long distance
  • much more.

Staples, Megan and Doyle, Christine J and Graham, Rikki M A and Jennison, Amy V (2013) Molecular epidemiological typing of enteropathogenic Escherichia coli strains from Australian patients. Diagnostic Microbiology and Infectious Disease, 75 (3). pp. 320-324. ISSN 0732-8893

Li, Xiujuan and Huang, Bixing and Eglezos, Sofroni and Graham, Trudy M and Blair, Barry and Bates, John R (2012) Identification of an optimized panel of variable number tandem-repeat (VNTR) loci for Listeria monocytogenes typing. Diagnostic Microbiology and Infectious Disease, 75 (2). pp. 203-206. ISSN 0732-8893

A reminder that we would appreciate any output of your research or investigations from your work within FSS. Staff who receive Federal funds via the Research & Development team MUST provide a copy of their research output to Information & Research Services. You can email to discuss your requirements or to deposit content.

Floods trigger ‘flu-like’ disease

ABC News Alyse Edwards 25 February 2013

Two cases of leptospirosis have been diagnosed in the wake of flooding in southern Queensland’s Wide Bay region.

Public health physician Dr Margaret Young says the disease occurs when humans come into contact with the urine of infected rodents.

She says it is common to see a few cases after floods and residents should wear protective clothing when cleaning up.

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Science Week at Forensic & Scientific Services

Monday 13th August marks the 15th year of National Science Week. A nationwide celebration of Australian achievements and capabilities in Science, the aim of this event is to increase awareness and understanding of the role of science, engineering, technology and innovation in maintaining and improving our society, economy and the environment.
This year FSS has a full program of events from Monday 13 August designed to showcase the success and scientific achievements of our staff and provide networking opportunities with other scientists across the precinct.  Activities will include poster displays, daily research information seminars, and BBQ lunches (to be confirmed).
Please contact Information & Research Services if you would like more information about Science Week activities at Forensic & Scientific Services (QH staff only)