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

Clinics in Laboratory Medicine – Volume 35, Issue 2, June 2015

Diagnostic Testing for Enteric Pathogens

Table of Contents  |   Volume 35, Issue 2, Pages 225-486 (June 2015)

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Selected review articles

Salmonella, Shigella, and Yersinia
Shiga Toxin Producing Escherichia coli
Optimizing the Laboratory Diagnosis of Clostridium difficile Infection
Laboratory Diagnosis of Noroviruses: Present and Future

Government commits to reinstating Townsville biosecurity lab

Townsville Bulletin ANTHONY GALLOWAY  May 21, 2015

TOWNSVILLE’S biosecurity laboratory looks set to be reinstated after being shut down by the previous LNP Government.
Queensland’s Agriculture Minister Bill Byrne told the Queensland Parliament this morning there was a need to invest in new biosecurity laboratory facilities in North Queensland and he has raised the matter with his Federal counterpart Barnaby Joyce.
Mr Byrne confirmed he had written to Mr Joyce and intended to ask for Federal Government support when they meet at the Agriculture Minister’s meeting in Sydney on Friday.

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Measles outbreak sparks Queensland Health staff mandatory immunisation bid

Brisbane Times Amy Remeikis May 20, 2015

Health Minister Cameron Dick is investigating making immunisation mandatory for Queensland Health staff, after up to 4500 people were left potentially exposed to measles, after coming into contact with a paramedic infected with the disease.
And now two key lobby groups – the AMA and the paramedics union are welcoming talks on the issue.
The 34-year-old paramedic remains in a serious condition in a Brisbane Hospital.
Queensland Health staff are attempting to track down those who came into contact with him, a mammoth task, given he visited emergency rooms at four hospitals and hundreds of people on Moreton Island while unknowingly infectious.

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Ebola: Australian researcher helps to identify vaccine model

ABC News | May 19, 2015 | Thomas Oriti

An Australian researcher has helped to identify what has been described as the most effective model for human trials of Ebola vaccines.

Associate Professor Manoj Gambhir from Monash University’s Department of Epidemiology and Preventative Medicine is part of international team that has been examining the best way to undertake the trials in parts of West Africa to stop future outbreaks of the devastating virus.  Continue reading…

Tourists at risk in Queensland measles outbreak

The Brisbane Times | May 19, 2015 | Tony Moore

UPDATE: Up to 4500 people could be at risk after a Queensland paramedic was diagnosed with measles.

In one of the biggest public health scares in recent memory Queensland Health officials are attempting to track down anyone who came into contact with the paramedic during May 14 and 18, as well as those who had contact with people potentially infected beyond that.   Continue reading…

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Oxford Ebola vaccine booster to enter clinical trials

BioPrepWatch 14 May 2015

A prime boost for a vaccine candidate is being investigated by Oxford University. The boost to the GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) Chimp Adenovirus type 3 Ebola vaccine candidate will enter phase 1 trials, Oxford University announced Wednesday.
Emergent BioSolutions has manufactured the boost candidate for use in this trial. The study will enroll 38 volunteers to determine efficacy of the boosting candidate, a modified vaccinia Ankara (MVA) Ebola Zaire.

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Prison time for defying health orders

The Sydney Morning Herald AAP May 13, 2015

Anyone suspected of having a serious contagious disease such as Ebola could face five years in prison if they defy orders to stay at home.
New human biosecurity control orders enable a health department official to force anyone with signs or symptoms of a listed disease to isolate themselves or face arrest.
The director of human biosecurity can also order someone to be vaccinated or treated.
Government legislation setting up the orders, which can be in place for three months, cleared parliament on Wednesday, creating a suite of new rules aimed at preventing the spread of disease in both human populations and agriculture.
The government expects the human control orders to be “seldom used” but believes they are important to manage serious communicable diseases, especially in light of the recent Ebola epidemic.
Several people have arrived in Australia from Africa with Ebola symptoms since the disease took hold in 2014, however there have been no confirmed cases.
The legislation also allows biosecurity officers to conduct searches without warrants in emergencies related to pests or disease.

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