Category Archives: Virology

INCLUDES Measles; Smallpox; Virus genotyping; Hepatitis – all; Waterborne virus (Norovirus, Rotavirus), population health, communicable diseases, gastrointestinal disease outbreaks.
EXCLUDES Lyssavirus, Hendra, Influenza or Vectorborne diseases

Spotlight on forensics

ABC Brisbane Radio 612 Interview 18 September 2014

Forensic science has never been so glamorous.
Crime shows like CSI, NCIS, Bones and Sherlock have helped make the science behind crime busting intriguing.
Which is probably a double-edged sword for real scientists….it’s great to have some professional acknowledgement but it gets a little frustrating hearing “but they did it on CSI”.
Wikipedia actually names the term the “CSI effect”, also known as the “CSI infection” or “CSI syndrome” – which refers to the impact the exaggerated potrayal of forensic science has on public perception.
So what’s it really like to be a forensic scientist, and what exactly do they do?
Kelly spoke to Greg Shaw (pictured), the Director of Forensic and Scientific Services for Queensland Health. She also spoke to Dr Bradley Schatz, a forensic computer scientist.

Link to Interview

Australian hepatitis C patients push for access to new combination drug with 90 per cent cure rate

ABC News Mandie Sami 17 September 2014

Australians suffering hepatitis C are pushing for access to a new drug, which when used in combination with other drugs, has a cure rate of 90 per cent.
The drug has become available in many other countries but is yet to become available in Australia.

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Syphilis reaches highest levels recorded in Australia

The Guardian AAP 18 September 2014

Syphilis has reached its highest level recorded in Australia, with the increase almost exclusively among gay men.
Health experts are calling for an increased focus on the potentially deadly bacterial disease after data showed 1,765 people were diagnosed with it in Australia last year – a 34% increase on the number documented in 2009.
The annual surveillance report on the country’s sexual health produced by the Kirby Institute at the University of New South Wales said unprotected sex between men was the main driver of new diagnoses between 2009 and 2013.

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Link to 2104 Surveillance Report

Polio vaccine: Brisbane company Vaxxas teams up with WHO to trial Nanopatch needle-free delivery system

ABC news Neal Woolrich 17 September 2014

A small Brisbane medical research firm could soon hit the big time, thanks to its ground breaking needle-free vaccine delivery research.

Vaxxas has just signed an agreement with the World Health Organisation (WHO) to trial its Nanopatch delivery system for polio vaccines, which the company hopes will progress the technology through the next stage of clinical trials.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-09-16/vaxxas-says-needle-free-polio-vaccine-a-game-changer/5748072

Ebola response: Aid worker calls for Australia to send in team to set up field hospital in Sierra Leone

ABC News Charlotte Hamlyn 16 September 2014

A Perth woman who has been working on the frontline in West Africa’s fight against the deadly Ebola outbreak says the response has been woefully inadequate so far and is calling on the Australian Government to do more.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-09-16/aid-worker-calls-for-boosted-ebola-response/5748252

Ebola crisis: US to send 3,000 troops to West Africa as Obama warns virus is ‘spiralling out of control’

ABC News 17 September 2014

The US will send 3,000 troops to West Africa to try to halt the spread of the deadly Ebola virus, president Barack Obama says, warning the epidemic in West Africa is “spiralling out of control”.

The move came as the World Health Organisation (WHO) said it was establishing a global response coalition to respond to the crisis.

In the last fortnight, the numbers of dead and infected doubled, WHO officials said.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-09-16/who-to-launch-global-response-coalition-to-combat-ebola/5748552

New Tracking Technologies Aim to Prevent Sloppy Handling at U.S. Biolabs

Scientific American Dina Fine Maron 15 September 2014

The CDC is piloting cameras and tablets in high-level biosafety spaces in an effort to avoid future infectious disease botch-ups

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