Brisbane Times Julie Medew 24 July 2016
An HIV test that can be purchased without a prescription could soon be available in Australia, allowing people to privately get a result within 15 minutes.
CEO of Australian company Atomo Diagnostics, John Kelly, said he was hoping Atomo would become the first to sell HIV tests directly to consumers in Australia, so people don’t have to go to clinics and potentially wait days for a result.
Courier Mail Rose Brennan 23 July 2016 pp. 4-5
A Brisbane woman selling homeopathic medicines as vaccine alternatives for infectious diseases for children and travellers has been found to be selling vials containing sucrose.
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EurkeAlert 19 July 2016
Disease ecologists working in the Amazonian city of Iquitos, Peru, have quantified for the first time how a fever affects human mobility during the outbreak of a mosquito-borne pathogen. The findings were published by Proceedings of the Royal Society B.
“When you are sick with dengue, or another illness causing fever, your behavior can change,” says Gonzalo Vazquez-Prokopec, an assistant professor in Emory University’s Department of Environmental Sciences, and senior author of the study. “We’ve found that people with a fever visit 30 percent fewer locations on average than those who do not have a fever, and that they spend more time closer to home. It may sound like stating the obvious, but such data have practical applications to understand how human behavior shapes epidemics. No one had previously quantified how a symptom such as fever changes mobility patterns, individually and across a population, in a tropical urban setting like Iquitos.”
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BBC News 19 July 2016
Experts are trying to work out exactly how a US carer has caught Zika after tending to a dying elderly man with the virus.
Until now it was thought that only mosquitoes and sex spread Zika, as well as the risk of mother-to-child transmission in the womb.
The carer, from Utah, did not have any of these known risk factors.
US officials say they are monitoring the situation carefully and carrying out more tests.
ABC News 20 July 2016
In Indonesia there are calls for the death penalty to apply to those convicted of being involved in the criminal syndicate police say operated for 13 years but only came to the public’s attention late last month.
The doctors, nurses and suppliers involved passed off saline solution, in some cases mixed with antibiotics, as vaccinations including for hepatitis C, hepatitis A, measles, tetanus and whooping cough, in a nation where the diseases are prevalent.
Sydney Morning Herald Stephen Jeffery 17 July 2016
Australia’s outgoing medical chief says the country faces “extraordinary” economic and health impacts if it continues to overuse antibiotics.
Professor Chris Baggoley, who retired as the nation’s chief medical officer on Friday, said the unnecessary prescription of antibiotics for viral illnesses remained at high levels in Australia, risking the spread of medication-resistant bacterial infections.